ISOLATION

Le silence est en marche / Pierre-Yves Cruaud / France / 2001 / 3’30 / 4:3
Inseparable barriers limit the vital space of human activities. Pedestrians emerge from static lines, isolated in the outline of their bodies, only to disappear once more when they encounter the next boundary. Underpinned by an electronic soundscape, Le silence est en marche questions spatial and social conditioning.

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Les illuminés / Halida Boughriet / France-Algeria / 2007 / 1’27 / 4:3
In Les illuminés (The Enlightened), the viewer’s focus is fused with that of a woman wearing a burqa, the video artist herself. The viewer sees the world through her eyes, her obstructed vision. The video offers a radical experience of otherness and isolation and demonstrates that apart from being symbolic, the covering of women is first of and foremost of a material nature.
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KAMELI_Nouba_HD_4_3Nouba / Katia Kameli / France / 2000 / 5’ / 4:3
The makings of a drama unfold behind the aesthetics of a video clip. The film transpires in a far away and exotic reality, alienated by a dislocated soundtrack.

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KAMELI_Nouba_HD_4_3A day without wind / Victric Thng / Singapore / 2010 / 7’41 / 16:9
Thoughts of flying away in a day without wind. A meditative piece on movement about a futile attempt to break free from one’s entrapment.

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Ohne Titel’  / Alexander Schellow / Germany / 2010 / 4’38 / 16:9
Ohne Titel’ animates the facial landscape of a 92-year-old woman who is a resident in an Alzheimer clinic in Berlin. The artist draws from memory the continuous, subtle transformations he has observed in her face during his visits. The very condition of a “subject” is being addressed here whereby its structure begins to dissolve.

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Flyer Boy / Simon Liu / Hong Kong-UK / 2011 / 10’40 /4:3
Flyer Boy focuses on a young man who spends his days handing out flyers for a local Chinatown restaurant. His work is full of fleeting exchanges, passing gestures and people he tries to communicate with. In a state of anxiety – due to his own physical and emotional ailments, and haunted by his now expired family life – he tries to reach out for somebody to tell his story to.
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SATOM_From_B_to_H_HD_4_3From B to H / Saki Satom / Japan / 2002 / 4’30 (extract from 16’15) / 4:3
From B to H captures the movements of a solitary woman as she dances to piped musak in an office lift that is transformed into a private ballet studio. Her voluntary isolation provides her with an opportunity for a cheerful performance.
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WeekendWeekend / Paula Un Mi Kim / South Korea-Brazil / 2009 / 7’45 / 16:9
A single young woman living in a big city, such as Seoul, surrounded by lots of cute couples may well have depressing weekends. Or… she might not. It all depends on her point of view.
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Dogs / Massimilian & Nina Breeder / Italy-USA / 2010 / 9′ / 16:9
A first scene shows an action of control, domesticated and regulated by pain relief that leads to another depicting a wild race running freely in the form of eight sleigh dogs pulling a sledge through the Alaskan tundra. Dogs reflects upon how much force needs to be exerted in order to move forward, and a consideration on the effects of pain killers on the perception of movement in general.
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Cuers / Johanna Domke / Germany 2008 / 18’05 / 16:9
Cuers is inspired by Franz Kafka’s The Trial and the filmic universe of Orson Welles. The audience is taken on a fleeting and meandering journey through different sites in public space, where people are exposed to long waiting. The individual is presented as a singular being, confronting structures of public space.

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Nightmare / Soyoung Park / South Korea / 2009 / 6’36 / 4:3
Nightmare was inspired by the story “All at One Point”, in Italo Calvino’s fiction, Cosmicomics, which describes the time in the universe when all matter existed in a single point before our invention of time and space. In Soyoung Park’s version, white noise from the radio implies the constant interruption of oppressive social systems which shape our lives. The sleeper, confined in her daydream of fragmented, everyday life, reacts spasmodically to sporadic and meaningless instants chaining her to these systems.
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Living in the Box / Kentaro Taki / Japan / 2007-2010 / 15’
Body parts are displayed as specimens in boxes within the white box. Each part is looking for something and this behaviour recalls the physical and psychological blockages in modern life. This is the final version of series of Living in the Box, as the author has added a new conclusion.

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