Even with a culture of news channels, soaps, talk shows, personal blogs, twitter and vimeo, we only hardly understand the complexities of average life, and the implications of every day history. This program between experimental and documentary shorts brings together films dealing with micro-history. It is not just the American sprawl that seems to be opaque to history-telling. The French provincial town already seems to be as alien, when seen from a political perspective.
For years the urban landscape has been under rapid change. Due to the increased economic pressure and shift towards mono-functional uses of the city, public space more and more vanishes. The newly awakened interest in old city centers, which is a rather positive development, has also created new demands in conjunction with the deregulations of national and municipal city tasks: the city has mainly become an object for real estate investment.
On the other hand, new waves for urban movements towards a democratic renewal have appeared. A redetermination of public place may have come across, a new protest culture against the complete commercialization of the city has spread in places. Be it called neoliberal, new labor, social democratic, political-islam or post-Maoism, you name I. The radical loss of democratic political influences concerning urban development seems to have found a counter force in a rediscovery of the political space. The above sometimes extreme changes in the urban are also being reflected in creative art and film, or may even find their unique expression in the arts.
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Jonathan Rescigno FR Destination Lune 25:00 2010 IA
Jeymer Gamboa AR Reencuentro 02:00 2013 GP
Benallal Mehdi FR Bois d’Arcy 24:00 2013 GP
Gabrielle Le Bayon FR Tender Pastures 06:00 2013
Anna Okrasko PL Lot’s Wife 05:13 2013 WP
Txema Novelo MX Culpable 05:27 2012
Erika Matsunami JN/DE existence of risk – 1964 04:30 2013 IA
Somewhere in Hong Kong, today. “A long journey, a reflection, a fragrance…” the sighs of someone plunged in nostalgia, of someone who observes life from the distance of having the end of the road before his eyes. Certain images and sounds blend bringing about the reminiscence of memories that seek to disentangle the meaning of a longed for life, and prolong as an example for posterity. The simplicity of the composition, like our destiny in this world, gives room to some small verses that overlap with revived feelings of a present that escapes, a present, the last one, which finally emerges with the clarity of what has passed, leaving, however, a slight shade of ambiguity.
Adrián Onco Orduna ES Vestigios (Vestiges) 0:52:00 2013 WP/IA
The Secrets Trilogy; a cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that frame life. All three works of the Trilogy deal with Time and Space.
Six Easy Pieces (2010) is the last work of the trilogy and is based on the book “Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of physics explained by its most brilliant teacher” by Richard P. Feynman. It brings together the foundations of: Film as the Seventh Art; a superb conciliation of the ‘Rhythms of Space’ and the ‘Rhythms of Time’ -Ricciotto Canudo and “Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.” -Gottfried Leibniz.
Six Easy Pieces deconstructs film as the perfect synthesis of art and technology. Connecting art and science, as it romantically refers to an age when artists and scientists had similar concerns and were often one and the same person.
Secret Machine (2009) the second work explores these fundamental issues taking the 19th century scientist Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic experiments of motion sequences as a starting point. Reynolds reflects on the radical change in the understanding of Time and Space as developed in film and photography’s relationship to measurement, science, and the human body.
In Secret Life (2008) the first of the three-part cycle, a woman is trapped in an apartment filled with moving plants. She moves at a mechanical speed and her mind functions like a clock whose hands pin the events of her life to the tapestry of time. Her thoughts escape her and come to life, growing like the plants that inhabit the space around her: living, searching, feeling, breathing and dying. Reynolds suggests that all living things are endowed with consciousness. Philosophically and scientifically, the concept of time has been extensively discussed and investigated, yet its real nature remains unresolved; it has proven more mysterious and profound than life itself.