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Mikhail Lylov, Elke Marhöfer

Primate Colors

Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 30:57 | Russie, Hong Kong | 2015

Primate Colors traces humans and nonhumans joined in the flows of capital. It inquires into the life of Chungking Mansions, shuttle traders and commerce objects, which connect Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta with Nairobi, Djibouti, Rotterdam and Elba. The film pursues and accelerates certain methods of ethnographic and anthropological filmmaking, although not explaining people’s actions, beliefs or norms. Instead it chooses to focus on affective components of events and actions. No claims are made about the life of others. To film and to follow affects does not mean to represent an idea or a subject in a narrative of contradictions, it rather asks to be mesmerized by materiality, by the forces of the running camera and the movement of things. When recording the capitalist reality of hyper-exploitation of human and nonhuman resources, one finds one’s own conditions not in the relations of production, but in disgraced facts, neglected aspects and ridiculed signs. Therefrom reality is understood as fundamentally strange, and filming becomes a form of assembling the bewildering and the obscure. Such a mode of filmmaking follows different grades of speed, light, temperature, rotation, friction, fall-off. The approach brings forth perceptions that emerge in relation to an environment, a territory or a color. In turn, images cannot be understood as exclusively belonging to human life, or culture, but are seen as produced and perceived constantly and everywhere by nonhumans and humans alike. Akin to crystals or snowflakes, which produce geometric configurations in response and in connection to their surroundings, images have their own experiences.

Elke Marhöfer: Born in the year of the goat in Baracoa/Cuba, Elke Marhöfer lives and works in Berlin. Via the potentialities of moving image and suppositious writing she works with notions of self-admitted foreignness and radical othering, revising notions of animals, vegetables and matter. Linking for example, the nonhuman with the postcolonial she discusses how nature cuts across notions of ‘history’ or ‘context,’ being simultaneously situated and at the same time continuously surpassing and escaping somewhat formatting. Her films tests inhuman perspectives, transducing a technology like the camera, from a human cultural and technical device into an extension of the intensive forces within the environment. Avoiding the enticements of a voice-over commentary or interviews, mastering or fracturing a subject, her films give space to a splintered narrative, and a disunited audiovisuality. They suggest rather a mode of place; an unfolding of what anyhow expresses itself, so that to film is to find form immanent to the situated action. She studied Fine Art at the University of the Arts in Berlin and spent a year at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City. Currently she pursues a PhD at the University of Gothenburg. Her films have been screened at the Berlinale Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Festival Ghent and Images Film Festival Toronto. She received fellowships, grants, and generous support from IASPIS Residency Sweden, Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Her art exhibitions include the Palais de Tokyo Paris, Manufactura`s Studio Wuhan, FCAC Shanghai, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, NGBK Berlin, Kunstverein Hannover, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen and The Showroom, London. Mikhail Lylov: Born 1989 in Voronezh/Russia, Mikhail Lylov is an independent artist and curator, he lives in Berlin. He worked in Moscow until 2010, where he developed non-disciplinary methods in his films, installations, performances and writings. His works establish or discuss the situations in which economic and knowledge models are questioned, renegotiated or rendered useless. Lylov’s work investigates a genealogy of the divide between mental and material in different contexts, especially labor and anthropology. On the affirmative side, his work looks for situations in which concepts become sensually available forms, or knowledge becomes a matter of perception. Mikhail Lylov’s projects were supported by Le Pavillon program at Palais De Tokyo in Paris, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, Berlinale Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin and Houston Museum of Fine Arts.