For 50 years figurative video form has been a medium for artists, who often create prominent artworks with their camera alone, through capturing reality in the way which is parallel to cinema or animation. In a present-day era of 21 century, also known as ‘the democratic era’, videos of this selection treat such topics as political control, aggressive marketing, the fear of the unknown in small towns. There are no actors, no scripts, there may be no ending and there are always no limits in artistic expression by means of audiovisual media.
BBR1(No.1 of Blossom Bud Restrainer)
China / 2015, 5 min
BBR 1 –NO. 1OF BLOSSOM BUDRESTRAINER is a fictional promo-video for a plant hormone developed by scientists at the Beijing Institute of Landscape Architecture in 2014. Its major effect is to restrain the growth of blossom buds of poplar trees so that poplar catkins can be controlled.
The Reflection of Power
France / 2015, 9 min
In the most secret capital of the world a crowd attends a show while a disaster threatens the whole city...
Poland, Hungary / 2013, 20 min
The Offence is a short story about a town official obssessed with modernity. His provincial town is a mainstay of xenophobia and fear of everything new and unknown. The town official decides on an unusual method to rescue the people from their backwardness. Understanding human perversion, he forces progress through restrictions, knowing well that they will be broken.
Russian Federation / 2015, 30 min
A girl talks on the telephone, a car drives by, a young man falls in an epileptic fit, a tram slowly turns at a crossroads, a panorama of a night city moves from left to right. For much of the time we observe the characters who are going somewhere or sitting and chatting with one another. Sometimes, the film speeds up its tempo and becomes like a teaser for itself, sometimes it slows down, and we see long, static shots – the movement of life in real time. Modern history, with all its attention to detail and its everyday rituals, always remains in focus in the film shot without a script, by chance. A direct point of view, medium-shot, but more often a long shot, the interspersing of long and short episodes, an uneven rhythm. In this film, there is no classical narrative, as if it has been assembled from chance scenes which have no unambiguous links between them. We never find out where the characters are going, what their aims are, but we see how an implicit feeling of alarm is hidden behind all their simple actions and movements. Unfinished film can be interpreted as a reenactment of the everyday life of the noughties.
The Powder of Sympathy
Tuomas A. Laitinen
Finland / 2015, 9 min
Diving deep into the often obscure global flow of materials, in this instance copper, the film sets in motion a frantic flow of images combined with feverish pounding, hissing and rattling sounds sourced from West Africa, the USA and China.
A Hidden Quiet Pocket
Belgium / 2014, 20 min
At first glance, Shelly Nadashi’s video A HIDDEN QUIET POCKET, shows a typical massage session. In its course the client asks the masseuse what rent she could demand for an apartment. With the massage movements and the questions of the masseuse the apartment takes shape. It becomes apparent that the property is a very well furnished apartment in the best location, and the customer can ask for a high rent. Through the increasingly intense movements of the masseuse, her envy and avarice become obvious – she gets ever closer to her client, more and more aggressively.
Chums from Across the Void
United States / 2015, 18 min
In this third Inner Trotsky Child video, Little Radek, the step-dancing Bolshevik, Machera, the Andean Robin Hood, and Maria Spiridonova, the pre-Soviet socialist assassin are your guides for Past Leftist Life Regression therapy.