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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



NEWS


Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Contemporary Moving Images, Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt 
August 20 – 25


6e Biennale d’art vidéo et performance /si:n/ en Palestine, Ramallah
Les vitrines de la principale rue commerçante de Ramallah
September 14 – 18


Cairo Video Festival, Medrar for Contemporary Art, Kairo
Zawya-Art House Cinema / Institut Français d'Égypte au Caire
September
9 – 30

Green Film Festival, San Francisco
swissnex
September 24 – 29

Ecrans Urbains, MCBA Lausanne
Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts
November 6 – 10

Film program Human-Free Earth, CCA Warsaw
Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
November 12


Meet the Artist, Zürich
Kino Xenix
November 21


A Window to the World, MOCA Hiroshima
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
November 20 – February 2, 2020


Addis Video Art Festival, Addis Abeba
Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
December 26 – January 1, 2020