program: ABOUT THE SELECTION
Trilogy (Thomas Worschitz, 65 min Austria 2004) To some an idyllic destination,
to others a place of claustrophobia. Considering their existence in the
Austrian mountains monotonous, five woodcutters, all named Josef, dream
of leaving for a new and colourful life in Canada. Years later, when the
quintet of anti-heros finally find themselves on the road travelling through
Canada's vast landscapes, they slowly realize that the monotony is within
In the Beginning was the Eye (Bady Minck, 45min Austria/Luxembourg 2003)
This film takes us on a time-travel using images of an iconic mountain
found on postcards. The historic imprint of political realities and human
fates are rendered visible onto the idealized landscapes. The post cards
were written by travellers who witnessed the same place at different times.
Brilliant City (Axel Stockburger, Mike Faulkner, Matthias Kispert 14 min
The camera eye scans the panorama of a residential complex comprised of
25 high-rises in the northern part of Shanghai. The remote point of view
(of the elevated camera as well as the artists, temporary visitors from
London), establishes a spatial as well as referential distance to the
featured daily life activities. The gaze zooms into the urban fabric,
perceiving patterns of movement and symbolic activity.
Fast Film (Virgil Widrich 14 min, Austria / Luxembourg 2003)
This film uses a unique technique of printing stills onto paper pieces,
which arethen folded origami-style and re-animated. An experimental collage
of chases, rides, and races from around 300 classic films adds up to one
hell of a trip through film history, high on adrenaline. Fasten your seat
Mecanomagie (Bady Minck, 16min, Luxembourg 1996)
Jitzerten are humanoid beings that zigzag over trails and roads without
being noticed by the indigenous inhabitants of Luxembourg. Mecanomagie
describes the ancient circle of sowing, growing and harvesting; a universe
composed of religion, rituals and the mysterious powers of nature.
Burning Man as seen by a mammoth (Piltdown Camp, 30min, US 2004)
Once a year the Burning Man festival takes place in the Black Rock desert
in Nevada, USA. In 2004, the temporary tent city was home to 30,000 people
who drifted aimlessly through pyrotechnical installations and flying objects,
meeting with others in blinking costumes and riding mutant vehicles. The
video documentary takes the point of view of the annually-resurrected
Mammoth, a human powered vehicle that takes viewers on a ride around the
surreal world of Burning Man.
Temporary, evolutionary architecture constitutes the core concern of the
works by exyzt, a Paris-based collective of architects. Their canny and
humorous project documentation guides us through the life-circle of their
urban constructions, which are driven by communal activity and experimentation
('form follows action').
Two contemporary dance videos, Foliage Chorus (20 min UK) and Stealth
(3 min), interrogate movement in very distinct ways. In Foliage Chorus,
a troupe of dancers intertwines with the branches of a tree of light.
They grow, blossom and retract, expressing through movement that draws
on an Indian classical dance vocabulary (Bharata Natyam). Shobana Jeyasingh's
choreography is a successful bridging of cultures and generations and
expresses her own British/ Indian identity.
Stealth creates a creepy atmosphere as it follows a child in camouflage
gear through a forest, to the clicking sounds of rifles being loaded.
The choreography by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt (George Piper Dances)
quotes from exercises conducted by soldiers. The viewer is left in a space
of tension and uncertainty, sometimes entering the fantasy world of a
child playing warfare, sometimes reminded of the true lives of children
soldiers around the world.
Cease! Fire! (Kaw Lah Film collective, 49min Thailand 2004)
This documentary takes a close look at daily life during civil war (a
major cause of migration globally). An account of the situation of the
Karen people in Burma/Myanmar, the filmmakers, of Karen origin themselves,
visit villagers during a so-called ceasefire and witness a terrible reality.
Une Double Mort (Alain Bourrillon 59min France)
The Akha people are one of the Mountain People groups who migrated from
China into Thailand over the past 2000 years. They live in the borderlands
of the Mekong Quadrangle. This documentary follows the Akha lady Ah Pia
through vital weeks of her life that mark her ritual transition from a
young girl to a woman, ready for marriage.
Virtual Borders (Manu Luksch 90min UK/Austria 2003)
This feature documentary tells the story of an Akha village headman, Abaw
Buseuv, who goes on a journey from Thailand to China. He is accompanied
by an Akha radio broadcaster and the filmmaker. Their aim is to attend
a gathering of Akha people and to transmit discussions from this conference
back to the Akha in remote mountain villages of Thailand.
A mix of karaoke video clips features songs by musicians from ethnic minority
groups, who skillfully employ the global language of pop. Includes: Chengbo
(Akha pop from China), Ase Wawi (Akha pop from Thailand), Mong bor dai
ya (Hmong pop from Thailand).
by artist/filmmaker Santiphap Inkong-ngam explore the migratory history
of people of the Mekong quadrangle through their stories and tales.
The documentary Yong in Transition (20 min Thailand 2004) gives voice
to the Yong people. They compare the ways of life of the different generations
and question the idea of progress through modernity.
Just A Second (Thailand 2005)
A film between here and there, past and future, fiction and documentary,
follows the Mekong and collects myths along the way.
years, I searched for a project that would try to re-conciliate my soul
with 'Mother India'", writes Canada-based Eric Filion aka VJ Nokami.
Video impressions of his first trip to India, processed with VJ softwares
led to the Namaste project, an emotional translation of his experience
Saen Jai Mai Akha village, Mae Salong area
Feb 18th, 7pm-12pm: Suan-dok Temple, Chiang Mai
Feb 19th: ESC,
AS A MEDIA - URBANISM AS A GAME (compilation) by exyzt;
BRILLIANT CITY by dfuse (Mike Faulkner, Axel Stockburger, Matthias
Krispert); UK 2004
BURNING MAN AS SEEN BY A MAMMOTH; USA 2004
CEASE! FIRE! by the Kaw Lah Film collective; 49 min Th
A SECOND by Santiphap Inkong-ngam; Thailand 2005
by Virgil Widrich; 14 min 2003 A/Lux
THE BEGINNING WAS THE EYE by Bady Minck; Austria/Luxembourg
YONG IN TRANSITION by Santiphap Inkong-ngam;
20 min, Th 2004
by Bady Minck, Luxembourg 1996
PROJECT by VJ Nokami
STEALTH by Julian Broad and Tareq Kubaisi, choreography by George
JOSEF TRILOGY by Thomas Woschitz; Austria 2004
DOUBLE MORT by Alain Bourrillon; 52 min France
BORDERS by Manu Luksch; A/UK 2003
karaoke video clips by Chengbo (Akha pop from China), Ase
Wawi (Akha pop from Thailand), and Mong bor dai ya
(Hmong pop from Thailand)
international filmmakers/artists will lead workshops, which provide an
opportunity for local youth to acquire hands on experience and first practice
in digital filmmaking, as well as discuss its potential for socio-political
activism. The project directly involves youth in the conceptualization,
planning and implementation of the project, to lay the foundation for
a new generation of critical artists and activists.
Detailed schedule to be confirmed.