Category Archives: video

Aletsch Negative

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“Aletsch Negative”, HD video, 11 min. 30 sec, colour, stereo 5.1

Aletsch is the largest glacier of the Alps. At the Konkordia Platz, were the three glaciers that constitute it meet, the ice is about 900 meters deep. According to glaciologists by the end of this century most glaciers of the Alps will have disappeared and only fragments of Aletsch will remain. Aletsch Negative offers a fascinating sensory and visual experience as well as a double reflection on the nature of the moving image, it’s relation to still image and to time. The frozen instant is multiplied to create the illusion of movement, a kind of analogy of the transformation of ice into streaming waters. From micro to macro, image by image and sequence by sequence, with a soundtrack exclusively made of field recordings, the film reveals the intensity and acceleration of the melting process. An elegy.

 

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“Avant l’envol / Before The Flight”, video HD, 20:00, sound, colour, 2016,  

Avant l’envol explores the actual state of a selection of significant modernist governmental buildings in Abidjan, the main Ivorian city. As an architectural tour as well as a tribute to the remarkable architectural achievements of the 60s till 80s and to –among others architects– Henri Chomette, a special attention is given to users and passersby, to their gestures and ways of informally appropriating the spaces for their needs. Monumentality appears here as a reminder of the ambitious and utopian vision of an era and architecture itself becomes a metaphor for power that eventually reveals a state of lasting status quo.

Best Swiss Camera Award at the International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2016

 

Sounds of Blikkiesdorp

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“Sounds of Blikkiesdorp”,  video HD, 25:20, sound, colour, 2014,

Sounds of Blikkiesdorp offers a minimal immersion in a newly built “temporary relocating area” in the far periphery of Cape Town. Erected by the municipality from 2008, it has been occupied by people from different backgrounds, some who were forcefully moved to that hostile and isolated place before the 2010 World Cup. Despite the very harsh living conditions and the uncertainty of their future, the people we encounter do all they can to improve their house and to make a living. In a place of violence, informality and resourcefulness, music becomes the link between the houses and the alleys, the soundtrack of Blikkiesdorp.  

 

After Vegas

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“After Vegas ” co-realised with Stéphane Degoutin, video HD, 21 min, sound, colour, 2013

After Vegas explores the territory in, around and under Las Vegas. It penetrates spaces that have little to do with the city’s usual glamorous image. In slow and painterly shots, the social and suburban landscape depicted is one of crisis and resilience. Meeting unexpected characters, we discover lives that are on the verge of falling apart or that already have. After Vegas can be seen as a metaphor for the times of uncertainty and change we are all going through.