Imaginary Travels Screening

Imaginary Travels Screening

Date: 
04.02.2011 14:30
Festival edition: 
2011
Format: 
Screening
Location: 
HKW
Lecture Hall
Letzter Tag der Republik by Reynold Reynolds
Letzter Tag der Republik by Reynold Reynolds

Films are inherently imaginary journeys; the viewer is taken to times and places that have little to do with her current situation seated in the cinema. This gap between space and time is the theme of the programme. Starting from a film without images, various surreal and fantastic landscapes follow. The demolition of the People's Palace in Berlin (Letzter Tag der Republik) is recalled in an impressive time-lapse work by Reynold Reynolds and the silhouette of Las Vegas floates by like a strange space-ship just before a purely imagined science fiction about the Egyptian pyramids' future concludes this fascinating programme.

Films are inherently imaginary journeys; the viewer is taken to times and places that have little to do with her current situation seated in the cinema. This gap between space and time is the theme of the programme. Travelogue is a travel film that has no accompanying images, and so morphs the information-hungry genre of the early days of cinematography into pure fiction. With surreal composition, an already impressive landscape in centipede sun is fantastically magnified. The animation, The Vanishing Point, cites the relationship between people and the dramatic, charged landscape of Hollywood films – without that which would redeem the dramaturgy. Letzter Tag der Republik shows, in time-lapse, on two screens, the destruction of the last remaining concrete stumps of the Palast der Republik, one of the most important architectural symbols of the GDR. Using a relatively simple installation procedure Storyteller transforms the skyline of Las Vegas into a futuristic, un-locatable vision. In TEN, the artist clones himself digitally, creating a claustrophobic encounter. Walt Disney is brought back to life in Suspended Animation to deal with a present day that he can no longer understand. And finally, 2026 is an imagined science fiction about the future of the pyramids, which, like the first of the films in the programme, is purely based on the verbal narration of another time.

 

Travelogue, Jani Ruscica, fi 2010, 8 min
centipede sun, Mihai Grecu, fr 2010, 10 min
The Vanishing Point, Jan Tobias Anderson, se 2008, 3 min
Letzter Tag der Republik, Reynold Reynolds, de 2010, 8 min *
Storyteller, Nicolas Provost, be 2010, 7 min
TEN, Niklas Goldbach, de 2010, 12 min *
Suspended Animation, Billy Lumby, uk 2009, 11 min
2026, Maha Maamoun, eg 2010, 9 min
* Director will attend screening and Q & A

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