Single-channel videoHD-installation / DCP cinema format
Colour, 5.1 Dolby Surround (no dialogues)
Ed. 5 / 2 AP
TRANSITIONS is a journey from the civilizing void of the desert to a maximal urban, capitalistic and hedonistic density, which in the case of Las Vegas assumes some bizarre expression. The film is a contemplation without any people or moving machines in it, focussing on the built and designed. The narration is fragmentary and works with calm frontal, raw tracking shots. TRANSITIONS is also a narrative of "city-becoming".
2017 World Premiere: 52nd Solothurn Film Festival , January 20 2017
2017 Fine Arts Grants Exhibition City of Zurich, Helmhaus, Zurich
2017 Winner Swiss Competition, Videoex 2017, International Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich
Jury Statement, Esther Eppstein and Elodie Pong
The work Transitions (2017) by Aurèle Ferrier examines the traces left by human civilisation - the conquest of the unwelcoming hostility of the desert ends in the surreal and hedonistic consumerism of Las Vegas. The camera leads us, with a menacing langour, through a backdrop of deserted city-outskirts. The buildings, cars and billboards speak of people’s dreams as they strive for a version happiness. The prevailingly eerie, apocalyptic mood draws you along on this filmic journey. These traces of humanity seem increasingly laughable and helpless, they vibrate with a peculiar melancholy. Where have the people disappeared to? One has the impression a catastrophe has occurred, an epidemic, or maybe it is simply an empty film set after a shoot?
The jury awarded this prize to a film that, with its calm and assured grasp on image and sound is able to produce a refined suspense. The film takes the viewer on an odyssey, one that could also be a metaphor for the boundaries of human endeavor. The human culture and civilisation that emerged from the desert, will in the end be desert again. (Translation by Leila Peacock)
A film by Aurèle Ferrier — sound design and foley artist: Peter Bräker — editing consultants: Sandra Bühler, Andreas Mueller — third eyes: Anna Hilti, Thomas Galler — post production: Gregg Langlois, Noé Marti — poster design: Krispin Hée — support: Kulturförderung Kanton St.Gallen (fine arts commission / film commission), Volkart Stiftung, Ernst & Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung
— Peter Bräker, sound designer and foly artist (selection): Aloys (2016, T. Nölle), Cure (2014, A. Štaka), Yalom's Cure (2014, S. Gisiger), Infrastructures (2014, A. Ferrier), Mary Mary Queen of Scots (2013, Th. Imbach), Bird’s Nest - Herzog & De Meuron in China (2008, Ch. Schaub), Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002, P. Mettler)
— Noé Marti, video and post-production (selection): Zilla Leutenegger (video art), Karim Patwa (film), Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Schweizer Fernsehen, Prof. for AfterEffects/Animation (HSL, ZHDK), Condor Films
— Gregg Langlois, video and film post-production, Paris (selection): The Fountainhead (2010, Société Réaliste/F. Grof/J.-B. Naudy), Banda Bilili (2010, R.Barret/F. de La Tullaye), We don't care about music anyway (2008, C.Dupire/G. Kuentz), Bouzkachi (2008, J. Debs/Les Films d'Ici/Arte)
Technical details for presentation
— Single-channel-VideoHD-installation, FullHD projection, horizontal line min. 3.5m, 5.1 Dolby Surround
— DCP data for cinema sreening (1 : 1.85, colour, 5.1 Dolby Surround)
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