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, 2017, DCP / video projection, 5.1 Dolby Surround (no dialogues), 13 min., edition: 5 + 1AP

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.

Text by Esther Eppstein & 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 film 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.

Exhibtions, Festivals and Prizes
2019  VP Kyoto screening at Image Forum, Tokyo
2019  NewFilmmakers NY, Anthology Film Archives, New York
2019  Rencontres Internationales, Contemporary Moving Images, Paris/Berlin 
2019  Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon
2019  Biennale d’art vidéo et performance /si:n/ en Palestine, Ramallah
2019  Festival ECRÃ, Cinemateca do Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro
2019  Video program, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome
2019  The Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, Tampa
2019  Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka
2019  Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Iowa City
2019  L'Europe autour de l'Europe, festival de film d'auteur et de l'art, Paris
2019  Transitions, Museum of Emptiness, St. Gallen
2019  Videolands, MOMus State Museum of Contemporary Art/Video Art Miden, Thessaloniki
2018  25th Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago
2018  Joburg Fringe Videoart, Johannesburg
2018  Open City Documentary Festival, London
2018  33ième Videoformes, Video Art & Digital Cultures, Clermont-Ferrand
2018  31es Instants Vidéo, Marseille
2018  Videoparty, Kyoto
2018  Winner Madatac, Videoart & New Media Audio-Visual Art, Madrid
2018  Tirana International Film Festival, Video Art & Experimental official competition, Tirana
2018  25th European Film Festival, Palic
2018  Festival International de Videoarte, Buenos Aires
2018  Internationales Architektur Film Festival Move Cine Arch, Venedig / Paris / Sao Paulo
2018  Architekturtage, Haus der Architektur Graz
2018  Present Future Film Festival, Macao
2018  Winner Formal Innovation Prize, Eurovideo, Videographies International Video Art Association, Liège
2018  Video Art Festival Turku
2018  Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Hawick
2018  Bienal Int. de Video y Cine Contemporáneo, Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, Mexicali
2018  Drunken Film Fest, Bradford
2018 +Code, Festival de Arte Electronico, Buenos Aires
2018  International Video Art Forum, Dammam
2018  Mostra de Arte do Audiovisual do Barreiro, Barreiro Belo Horizonte
2018  Sopó Film Festival, Sopó
2018  The Unseen Festival, Denver
2018  Screening, FokiaNou Art Space, Athens
2018  15º Oberá en Cortos / Play Semana de Videoartes, Misiones
2018  Video Art Miden, Kalamata
2017  IDFA, 30th Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2017  Winner Swiss Competition, Videoex 2017, International Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich
2017  Winner Werkschau 2017, Fine Arts Grants of Canton Zurich, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich
2017  World Premiere: 52nd Solothurn Film Festival , January 20 2017
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


A film by Aurèle Ferrier — sound design and foley artist: Peter Bräker — editing consultants: Sandra Bühler, Andreas Müller — 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)

ISAN: 0000-0004-5097-0000-U-0000-0000-L
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