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Akt Mit Barke

Akt Mit Barke

Iris Ganz

Switzerland 16:30

The starting point of the artistic concept was to pull a ship on top of a mountain with united forces of manpower. The used Videomaterial of the installation is from the Happening which was in summer 2014. 'Akt Mit Barke', is not aimed at the one-dimensional retelling of a story, but rather focuses on the multilayer structure of the narrative (like the artificiality of the situation of the mountain as a backdrop, etc.)

Iris Ganz

Le Bulbe Tragique

Le Bulbe Tragique

Guillaume Vallée (Vidéographe)

Canada 6:08

Ephemeral traces of nothingness Rotoscoping farmers, crumbling churches, dying memories as hand-painted layers, decay & collage on film emulsion as incidental traces of nothingness. A work that is aware of his own mechanisms.

Videographe

Echoists of the Takase River

Echoists of the Takase River

Ananda Serné

Netherlands / Japan 3:16

‘Sounding’ in science means to study the underwater depth of lake or ocean floors by transmitting sound pulses into water. Data taken from soundings are used to map the seafloor, an area that is still largely unknown to human beings. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary ‘sounding’ can also mean: a probe, a test, or sampling of opinion or intention. Like a bat exploring its surroundings by sending out a signal and listening to the echo in order to find out what’s there.

In the late 1970s, three dams were built along the course of the Takase river in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Echoists of the Takase River focuses on the vegetation around one of these dams and on the phenomenon known in Japanese folklore as “kodama”. This phenomenon consists of sounds in mountains and valleys that make a delayed echoing effect; the spoken words reflected against the landscape are thought to be Kodama: tree spirits answering.

In Echoists of the Takase River, we see a Japanese Sign Language (JSL) interpreter who signs the word “kodama”, while a group of performers shout both the names of plants and trees that died during the construction of the dam, as well as the names of pioneer species that were the first to colonize the previously disrupted land. Names like HARIGIRI, NISE AKASHIYA and OOKAMENOKI.

I wondered how the echo of OOKAMENOKI would sound like in the Takase valley and how I could visualize a phenomenon like “echo” or “kodama” other than by drawing a graph. This work is the result of these contemplations.

Sveitagong

Sveitagong

Kristín Scheving

Iceland 2:12

Sveitagong is a reflection on inner peace through and with nature and sound.

Kristín Scheving

Circa.1967

Circa.1967

Eric Gaucher (Vidéographe)

Canada 9:11

Circa.1967 is a silent film composed from a collected source of 8mm footage shot by a group of anonymous filmmakers in New York during the late sixties. It is clear that the filmmakers who shot the footage were not everyday amateurs yet people with hungry and curious visual sensibilities. In this found footage film a serial grid is added to the entire composition emphasizing image and rhythm. Part historical documentary and lyrical essay CIRCA. 1967 observes and celebrates universal life in a familiar context.

Vidéographe

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12:12

12:12

Youngjeong Oh

South Korea 4:07

12:12 is the question about time which was made with images shot in Germany, France, Australia and Korea. At each moment when we repeat meeting and separating over and over again like ceaseless wind, I ask how awake we live.

This work expresses various kinds of time that humans divided implicitly, which can mean that each divided portion time is opposing each other selectively. Each portion of time named all differently in daily lives moves in the regular patterns while they hold their own standards. However, when we face time, as if we stood in front of the mirror, we only focus on the objects shown selectively by the focal point that moves with each being’s free will, on the part of the object, or on the objects that we chose to see rather than each moment that we encounter.

The combination of ‘month’ and ‘day’ that is displayed as ‘hour’ and ‘minute’ is written symbolically like time in the clock, and expresses small units of time through big units implicitly.

While audiences watch the works, I intentionally make the audience miss the symbol and sound of time, and recommend them to follow the time I decided arbitrarily or let it go, so that they can stay at the moment for a while. Through the works, I let audiences think about the selective time that they miss or focus on, so that they can ask themselves how much they can feel the present that they face at each moment.

Youngjeong Oh

Apparution

Apparution

Eleonore Cheynet

France 16:41

Virtual landscape with three-dimensional figures. Apparution is based on the Golden Record track sent outer space towards nonhuman inhabitants of the cosmos.

Confrontational Electroencephalographic Re-Programming

Confrontational Electroencephalographic Re-Programming

John Franklin Aldridge

USA 11:17

Confrontational Electroencephalographic Re-Programming is an experimental video short which explores Joseph Nechvatal’s theory of Cybism and the possibilities of rhizomatic communication. In a live experiment, three participants’ brainwaves are electronically mapped using biosensor technology. Live time data of their brainwave activity is generated with a visualizer while subjects glitch and distort their visualized brainwave data. Their reactions to the modifications of their biocensor data generates a corollary reaction in their brainwave readings, and a visual feedback loop is generated. The video features footage of the live glitches and distortions to the subjects’ biocensor data in an abstract aesthetic montage.

Bolero

Bolero

Wing Chan

Hong Kong 17:43

Bolero is a standard format video produced in 2014 based on a found footage from YouTube; a performance by the Romanian mastero Sergiu Celibdache conducting the classic orchestral piece in 1971 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra by Maurice Ravel - Bolero.

The video demonstrates the artists using his own voice to mimic different orchestral instruments that formed an impression of the original classical music - an audio remixing technique that was mostly used for dubbing subtitles. The remixed audio is synchronised and performed together with the visual of the passionate and charismatic performance by Sergiu Celibidache. The synchronisation creates an illusion to the viewer as if the conductor and the artist are performing together within the same physical space through the use of post production technologies.

Instead of paying homage to the conductor or the orchestral music. The video act as a personal respond of the artist’s desire to perform together with charismatic figure (the conductor) that are no longer alive but still exist within the realm of visual reality. Like a fan singing in a karaoke.

Wing Chan