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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, Thessaloniki
Video Art Miden
5 – 25

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

Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon
Cinema Sao Jorge
June 4 – 9