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
POSTPONED due to COVID-19, YBCA Center for the Arts, San Francisco
First Floor Galleries
new dates tba
European International Film Festival, Moskau
Blicke Filmfestival des Ruhrgebiets, Bochum
17 – 21 November 2021
11 December 2021 – 30 January 2022
Urban Stories by Video Window
Cinemateca do Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro
16 July 2022