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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.
Text by Esther Eppstein & Elodie Pong


Rencontres Internationales, Nouveau Cinéma et Art Contemporain, Paris 
Louvre auditorium / Forum des images / Centre Pompidou
Carreau du Temple / Cité Internationale des Arts
5 – 10

L'Europe autour de l'Europe, festival de film d'auteur et de l'art, Paris
Cinema l'Entrepot
14 – 31

MOMus-State Museum of Contemporary Art / Video Art Miden, Thessaloniki
Experimental Center for the Arts
5 – 25

NewFilmmakers New York
Anthology Film Archives
April 17

Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Iowa City 
University of Iowa
April 18– 20

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma
Contemporary Art Museum Rome
May 31

Arquiteturas, Lisbon
Cinema Sao Jorge
June 4 – 9