Films in ‘TRUE STORIES Installaties’
Sonic MemorialIFFR 2003
www.sonicmemorial.org Hundreds of people contributed to this site with their recordings of the WTC before, on and after 11 September 2001. In this way, it forms a special archive of direct, personal memories that look at the historical event from almost every point of view.
Devotionalia, 1994-1997Mauricio Dias, Walter Riedweg IFFR 2003
Devotionalia began as a project for street kids in the Lapa district in Rio de Janeiro. Dias and Riedweg invited the children to make an ex-voto: a wax casting of their foot or hand accompanied by a personal wish recorded on video. They continued with the project in other city neighborhoods until Devotionalia amounted to more than 80 hours of videotape and 1286 ex-votos. This formed an installation that was shown in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro in 1996 as a collective appeal, not directed to God (the church) but to a society (from the museum). That same year the project was shown in five places in Europe, including Stroom, The Hague's center for the visual arts. Young people in The Hague were invited to formulate responses to the video messages and ex-votos of the Brazilian street kids in words and images. The project concluded in Rio de Janeiro, where Dias and Riedweg organized events and presentations with some of the children who had participated in 1994. Many of these participant children had died in the meantime. In Witte de With, Dias and Riedweg are showing a new compilation from the 80 hours of footage that was recorded in Brazil. Dias & Riedweg have been working together since 1993. Building on their earlier experiences, in the visual arts (Dias) and in theater and music (Riedweg), their work is decidedly interdisciplinary and is produced in close collaboration with specific groups in society.
HomelessTrevor Graham, Rose Hesp, Rob Wellington IFFR 2003
www.abc.net.au/homeless Everywhere in the world, large cities offer a 'home' to increasing numbers of homeless people. How do people survive without a house, money and support in different time zones? Through the Web, these unusual personal stories are told, augmented with backgrounds and links.
Terra NulliusGianikian & Ricci Lucchi IFFR 2003
Terra Nullius (Latin for `land of no one') is a new work by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi. It shows Australia at the turn of the twentieth century. The film is constructed from found footage and archive material. The artists spliced together old nitrate sequences to form a filmic topography. The British colonists declared Australia a `terra nullius' and in the same breath denied the existence of Aboriginal society. Captured in the old archive material, the urban landscape in Australia stands in stark contrast with the life of the indigenous population: the luxurious, elegant clothing and hairstyles of the women in the built-up streets stands alongside the portrait of an Aboriginal with shabby clothing who is playing with a boomerang. The productions of Angela Ricci Lucchi and Yervant Gianikian are the result of a special treatment of old nitrate film material. Following extensive archival research, the chosen film fragments are subjected to colouring, a re-editing of the sequences, and changes in velocity. After these changes, the films offer a clearer insight into the leading interests of the artists: technicalisation, fascism, colonialism, war and forced migration. On show in Witte de With.