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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


2018 Joburg Fringe Videoart, Johannesburg
The Art Link Gallery
Oktober 25 – November 4

Tirana International Film Festival,
Video Art & Experimental official competition, Tirana
Tirana Film Institute
2. – 9. November

Bienal Internacioanl de Video y Cine Contemporáneo, Mexicali / Ensenada / Tijuana
Instituto de Cultura de Baja California
November 5 – 16

31es Instants Vidéo, Marseille
Friche la Belle de Mai
November 7 – December 9

International Architectur Film Festival Move Cine Arch, Paris/ Sao Paulo
Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil / Paris College of Arts
November 7 in Paris

Festival Internacional de Videoarte, Buenos Aires
Centro Cultural San Martin
December 14 – 16

+code, Festival de Arte Electronico, Bueonos Aires
Centro Cultural Rojas Unsam
December 15 – 17

Dhaka International Film Festival, Dhaka
Bangladesh National Museum
January 10 – 18

VP Kyoto screening in Tokyo
Image Forum, Tokyo
February 23