Oscillating between aesthetic and documentary forms, the short film “Kaltes Tal” describes the daily business of a strip mine harvesting lime. The material removed is processed and returned to nature through forest liming. This measure attempts to counteract acid rain that troubles the forest floor. A cycle like a Mobius strip – an irreversible consequence due to the mining materials in order to restore the fragile natural balance. Lime dust delicately dusts the forest floor. A white, spherical alternative world opens, questioning our ambivalent relationship to nature.
Johannes Krell Born in Halle (Saale) on September 17, 1982 • postgraduate studies in ‘Media Arts’ Academy of Media Arts Cologne since 2014 • Professional Media Masterclass / Werkleitz 2013 • Freelance work as camera man, cutter and sound designer since 2008 • B.A. in Audiovisual Media / Camera (BHT) - Berlin 2006 - 2011 • Abitur, Halle 2002 Florian G. M. Fischer Born in Tübingen on January 2, 1981 • Professional Media Masterclass / Werkleitz 2013 • M.A. program Pictorial Sciences, Krems (Austria) seit 2012 • Artistic Worker at Hochschule Harz since 2011 • Member of Master Class of Arno Fischer, Berlin 2010 • Diplom in Communication Design, Fachhochschule Potsdam 2009 • Exchange semester in Zurch University of the Arts 2008 • Abitur, Tübingen 2000
With precisely composed filmic-tableaux and through minimal movements the work Carusel evokes the image of a post-apocalyptic playground, while somewhere outside or above various doomsday scenarios take their course. It is a setting of the Zeitgeist-phenomenon celebrated by our pop culture in graphic novels, computer games and television series in all of its enjoyment and pessimism. Carusel triggers trails of thought in-between mythical traditions and actual fear of the dark. In an elevator ride in one of the sequences, we eavesdrop a conversation of a family: Arguably, the rest of the world still standing. Carusel was shot in the damp caverns of a former Romanian salt mine which was reused as a bomb shelter in the second world war and is now refurbished as an erie underground amusement park. Though equipped with a carousel, ping-pong tables, a childrens’ playground and rowboats, the combination with large threatening steel structures and surreal light-objects still produce a gloomy atmosphere and ambience of fear. It seems that the mythical echos of the historically charged site are still abound, yet absurdly translated into an uncanny and bizarre „amusement park“. Marlies Wirth
Patrick Topitschnig is a Vienna based filmmaker and audio artist and also collaborates on theatre projects. After he finished his studies in Commercial Information Technology he studied Intermedia Art and Narrative Film in Vienna and Berlin under the likes of Bernhard Leitner, Erwin Wurm, Constanze Ruhm and Thomas Arslan. For his diploma in 2012 he produced the experimental video “Right to Hospitality”. He received several awards, such as the Fred Adelmueller Grant and the Ursula Blickle Preis for his video "Concision of the Whole" (2007) ("Zerschneidung des Ganzen"). In 2013 he was granted the STARTstipendium for video and media art (Austrian Federal Ministry for Culture and Arts). He works primarily with video and sound, often within installative contexts. His works center on direct physical experience and immediate reception of time, as well as on enduring and measuring the passing of time on a visual or on an acoustic basis. Permanent repetitions or continuous oscillations constitute a recurrent theme.
Speculative video essay about accelerationist pastel hues and semi-paranoid trademarks at the time when everything is nearing the end of the World.
Matti HARJU (b. 1978, Finland) is working in the rubbish bin of contemporary art including video, narrative cinema, text, drawing, installation, life as a jpeg performance. He has screened work at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Festival del film Locarno, Torino Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, AFI FEST Los Angeles and Clermont- Ferrand International Short Film Festival among others. Solo exhibitions include Gallery Sinne (collaboration with Joakim Pusenius) in March 2015 and Exhibition Laboratory Project Room in February 2016, both in Helsinki. Currently an MFA candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, FI. He also studied film directing (MA in Directing Fiction) at the National Film and Television School, UK.
A car travels through a desolate industrial area at night. It stops near an overturned truck that was carrying pigs. Dead animals lie scattered across the road; a fatal incident, a huge loss of animal life. A premature death ironically, since the pigs had been on their way to the slaughterhouse. The subtle camera movement switches from the subjective view of the handheld camera to the objective and contemplative view of the rising camera that is mounted on a crane and surveys the scene from a great height. Finally, a big firework is set off, seemingly dedicated to the dead animals, as though it was a requiem. The scene is a recreation from news coverage.
Lives and works between Amsterdam and Athens. She completed her education in Fine Art (BA, MA, PhD) at the University of Leeds in Britain with scholarship by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Her body of work spans from experimental-documentary practices, to video-essays, archival footage and most recently cinematic narratives and medium length films. She has recently completed the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten residency (2013-2014) in Amsterdam, with a scholarship by Onassis Foundation (GR). Her first solo exhibition was presented at Martin van Zomeren Gallery, Amsterdam, 2014. Currently her work will be presented at EYE Film Institute, Close-Up: A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands (Jan-May 2015). She has participated in group exhibitions: VISIO European Program on Artists’ Moving Images 2015; 1st Research Pavilion, Venice Biennial, 2015; Art Rotterdam Projections, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, 2015; Ce que raconte la solitude, ART-O-RAMA, 2014; Rijksakademie OPEN, 2013 – 2014, Manifesta 8, 2010; No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, 2010. Her films and video works were screened at: Netherlands Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London, Cinema de la Nouvelle Lune, Curtas Vila do Conde, Gulf Film Festival Dubai, Capalbio Cinema, Project Space Leeds, and as part of Rencontres Internationales, 2010, at Centre National d’Art Moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou, Reina Sofia National Museum and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Her work is part of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam collection. Her films and videos balance between an empirical perception of landscapes and events and an authentic representation of them. Her narratives are located at the margins of the urban, haunted by stray dogs, roadkills, fatal accidents and dissipated death. The cryptic and universal nature of these cinematic worlds is initiated by a certain realism that has very little to do with its usual representation. Dead and living, human and non-human coexist in an accord of dream and sensuality. This is the land of her semi-autobiographic narrations; returns to personal histories that reveal something of the subsequent carving of a place’s fiction and not necessarily of the place itself.
Unknown Hours studies a precarious nightscape. An observer journeys down a main street in Chicago towards a neighborhood known for its nightlife. The moving image is slowed to reveal the intermittence of street lights and sports bar televisions. A camera peers into the moments between events.
Calum Walter is a filmmaker, artist and sound designer. He has a BFA from the University of Colorado where he studied filmmaking with an emphasis on sound, and later received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He continues to do sound design and recording for his own films, and has collaborated with artists as cinematographer, sound recordist and designer. His work has screened widely at places including New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Slamdance, Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Big Ears Music Festival. He Teaches in the department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University.
A path and someone walking. We observe several atmospheric phenomena such as: the thick haze of mist gradually reveals the way, various intensities of rain falling waved by wind gusts. We move between a haunting and strange serenity which is interrupted by sounds of creatures who live in this place. A way of looking that is used to link space and thought. We move at same time as the landscape with a movement of camera that slides between the natural rhythms of the forest.
Manuel Palma was born in Cádiz in 1986. His audiovisual work has been seen in centers and festivals such as V Festival de MÁRGENES "Film Letters" in Madrid, ZINEBI57 "Zinergentziak15" in Bilbao, FIVA International Video Art Festival in Buenos Aires, "Music and Visual Arts Sens meeting" in Rambleta, Valencia, CINEMISITICA "Art Cinematheque Cinemistica 7" in Granada, "XXIV Muestra Abierta de videoartistas 18D" in Neomudejar, Madrid. He studied Fine Arts in Sevilla and Valencia were he was strongly influenced by classical painting and drawing. He combined his knowledge in drawing and painting with video and sound art education. Manuel Palma complete his audiovisual education with the exchange program at Lietuvas Dailes Akademija in Lithuania, ECAM: Film School in Madrid and VideoLab Master in Madrid. He has developed courses and workshops with artists and filmmakers like James Benning, Lois Patiño, Victor Erice, Mercedes Alvarez. Currently he resides in Madrid.
Un homme et une femme, qui vivent en marge de la société, se déplacent et se croisent entre espaces urbains et espaces naturels, à la recherche d’une liberté oubliée, en essayant péniblement de rester éveillés.
Tommaso Donati (Lugano, 1988 ) est un réalisateur et photographe. En 2013 il obtient un diplôme en cinema à l’ EICAR – The International Film School of Paris. Ces films et son œuvre photographique se concentrent sur la nature, le cycle de la vie et la relation entre homme et animal. Il partecipe à plusieurs festival comme le Festival du Film de Locarno, Torino Film Festival, Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, FimmakerFest...
In the video “Orbs” we see two persons playing with an old armillary sphere. This old tool is a model of objects in the sky, one of the oldest astronomical instruments in the world, one of the first models ever made. Representing the heavens with the sun as center, it is known as Copernican armillary. By a simple gesture of moving the armillary rings as heavens, one can demonstrate how the stars move. We see the two people moving the stars and by that they are moved by the stars.
Liina Siib is a visual artist who lives in Tallinn, Estonia. She holds an MA in photography from the Estonian Academy of Arts. The themes of her works range from femininity and social space to different manifestations of people’s everyday practices, to work and leisure time routines. She works with video, installation, photography and performance. Liina Siib has had solo exhibitions in Estonia, Germany, Belgium, France, Sweden, Finland and Latvia. Her works have been presented at a number of exhibitions and festivals in Europe, Asia and the USA. In 2011, Liina Siib represented Estonia at the 54th Venice Art Biennale with her project “A Woman Takes Little Space”. She has also curated art and culture projects in Estonia, the UK and Belgium. Since 2015, she works as the Professor of Graphic Art at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Please see more at: liinasiib.com