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Single-channel videoHD-installation / DCP cinema format
Colour, 5.1 Dolby Surround (no dialogues)
13 min.
Ed. 5 / 1 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  IDFA, 30th Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Paradocs section, Amsterdam
2017  Winner Swiss Competition, Videoex 2017, International Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich
2017  Werkschau 2017, Fine Arts Grants of Canton Zurich, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich
2017  26th Berkeley Video & Film Festival, Berkeley
2017  Seattle Transmedia & Independant Film Festival, Seattle
2017  Internationaal Kortfilmfestival Leuven
2017  Channels, The Australian Video Art Festival, Conditional Surplus, Melbourne
2017  Aestehtica Short Film Festival, York
2017  Fine Arts Grants Exhibition City of Zurich, Helmhaus, Zurich
2017  Play, Semana de Video Arte, Centro Cultural Universitario, Córdoba (Argentina)
2017  UMW Media Wall, Moving Image Exhibition, Universtity of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg
2017  Blue Magpie Experimental Film Series, Film Center at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu

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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