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"Memory is not an instrument for surveying the past but its theater. It is the medium of past experience, just as the earth is the medium in which dead cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging" Walter Benjamin
How cities, urban spaces, and memory are interrelated? History is entangled, its remnants, ruins, or narratives, coexist in the places we are daily passing by. Memory turns out to be involuntary, whereas experimental cinema becomes the most expedient way to reveal it. "Urban experiment" invites diggers similar to Benjamin to look in a "memory palace" and reflect on the past and its visual representations.
Canada / 2017, 14 min
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation opened the doors of the CBK Transmitter Station in 1939 to serve the prairie region of Canada. Farewell Transmission is equal parts indexical record of the demolition of CBK in 2015 and subjective response to the residual media documenting the event. The building is framed with tension preceding its destruction: emulsion pulsates as if with decades of radio transmission, creating an unsettled eulogy for a cultural institution.
Phantasiesätze (Fantasy Sentences)
Germany, Denmark / 2017, 17 min
Many years ago, the cities by the river were gripped by a contagion. Things started to change and everything slowly became something else. It was not clear if transformation was a symptom of the disease or a way to escape it. The contagion touched everything and everyone: animals and plants, stones and soil, men, women and children, their thoughts, their dreams, their memories. An old woman once told me how all memories turn into trees, I could hardly make out what she was saying. She said she could hear the trees singing: To be a body, to be any body. After the years of contagion ended, the cities appeared untouched. One had to look hard to see the traces of the previous time. If one could listen to the trees, what would they say? A way out, a way out?
Gropius Memory Palace
Ben Thorp Brown
Germany, USA / 2018, 20 min
Through a guided meditation performed by a hypnotherapist, viewers are invited to construct a 'memory palace' as they experience Walter Gropius's iconic Fagus Factory. The film offers an opportunity to soothe anxieties around technology's effects on the body and workplace, and to consider the relationship between memory and architecture.
Hong Kong, UK, USA / 2017, 19 min
Personal moments are lost in film cuttings or disappear into a coloured fog only to suddenly reappear in a new constellation. This is the visual richness of Highview: four, partially overlapping, 16mm images that fully coalesce into a colourful abstract painting, but also create a narrative as an exploded montage.
Netherlands, Russia / 2017, 13 min
Since part of the Baltic fleet moved away most of Kronstadt is no longer a closed military city. With the renewed cathedral as the centrepiece, the city revises its own destination to fill the void that was left behind. The photographic process of colour separation used in the film emphasises the city's current state between past and future: the heroic turbulent history, changing of ideologies, and growing tourism.