MADNESS

Making circles (métamorphose) / Yoko Fukushima / Japan-France / 2002-2008 / 3’20 / 4:3
A woman paints herself white to erase both her identity and ego. She tears at her hair and arranges it in circles to create another world. She abandons her clothes in the forest, lies down at the foot of a tree to return to the earth. Life is a repetition of creation and destruction, birth and death. Where then does the exit reside to this infinite and inevitable cycle?

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Who lives in my head? / Margarida Paiva / Portugal – Norway / 2009 / 4’ / 16:9
Who lives in my head? is an experimental video which, with the use of repetition, explores the compulsions of madness and the sense of fear. Vaguely inspired by the fictional character of the madwoman in the attic, the video looks into the role of the rebellious and insane woman in certain film representations.

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Copy Shop / Virgil Widrich / Austria / 2001 / 12′ / 4:3
The story of a man who works in a copy shop and photocopies himself until the whole world is made up only of him. A feeling of ineluctable madness arises from the process of mechanical reproduction and the concomitant mass duplication of the ego. In formal terms, Copy Shop comprises about 118,000 photocopied digital film stills, which have been animated on the editing table and filmed in 35 mm.

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Crazy days / Adel Abidin / Iraq – Finland / 2005 / 11’52 / 4:3
An immigrant living in Finland is constantly being approached as an outsider by the Finns, thus reinforcing his own “other” identity. Crazy days is a collection of impressions this man has gathered during his time in Finland and a visual documentation of his associations.

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Masking for serene velocity – Heat shot 3 / Yeonjeong Kim / South Korea / 2008 / 11′ / 4:3
As an homage to Ernie Gehr’s masterpiece Serene Velocity, Masking for serene velocity – Heat shot 3 explores the differing speeds and movement between everyday signs and memories. The collision between 16 mm and 35 mm film creates a new expressive form of movement which unfolds like a mad film before the eyes of the viewer.

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Hau Raus! / Nhu Nguyen / Germany / 2009 / 0’31 / 16:9
Internal constraints induce a dynamic tension between relaxation and nevousness in a woman filmed in a confined space. The contradictory emotinal conditions of calm and agititation are reinforced by means of the images in the split-sreeen frames. Then we hear the liberating scream which brings the madness to an end.

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CounterpartsCounterparts / Jan Verbeek / Germany / 2010 / 8’34 / 4:3
The flow of images and sound go their separate ways in Counterparts and re-encounter one another in a tragic situation as perceived by the viewer. The image, which depicts a silent man engrossed in a game of pachinko, as well as the musical composition which features an increasingly agressive female voice, exemplifies a contradictory and, as it were, an insane mental state

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Genius and madness / Triny Prada / France-Columbia / 2010 / 6′ / 16:9
From a tender age some children recognise and intuit their calling. An obsession resembling a state of madness pushes them to realise their dream. Once that obsession is fulfilled, madness turns to genius. Time and space become one.

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From where I am standing / Carl Stevenson / UK / 2005 / 4’25 / 4:3
A view of an average day through tilted spectacles where the forces of gravity conspire to make the easiest task the hardest thing in the world. From where he is standing she is making life difficult for him; and from her perspective he couldn’t be more useless. From where I am standing re-invents traditional circus skills for dance film.

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Foire / Quentin Brière Bordier / France / 2006 / 11’ / 4:3
A day in the Parisian amusement park Foire du trône. Machineries, bodies, mouvements. An ambulatory quest of images where the mechanical movement of the amusement park, to which the visitors are exposed to, reveals a metaphor of life and death.

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WERMKE_LEINKAUF_Than#C0E899Thanks anyway / Matthias Wermke & Mischa Leinkauf / Germany / 2006 / 6′30 / 16:9
The Berlin duo Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf counter German stiffness with a bucket of water and bring the Berlin transport network to the brink. This amusing performance provocatively questions social conventions and psychological patterns of behaviour.

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