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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


Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Hawick
May 3 – 7

Mostra de Arte do Audiovisual do Barreiro, Belo Horizonte
May 6 – June 5

Video Art Festival Turku
May 23 – 27

25th Chicago Underground Film Festival
6 – 10

Screening, FokiaNou Art Space, Athens
June 6 9

Architekturtage, Haus der Architektur, Graz
June 8
– 9

Video Art Miden, Kalamata
5 – 7

Drunken Film Fest, Bradford
14 21

25th European Film Festival Palic
July 15 – 21

Video Party 2018, Kyoto
July 28 – August 4

International Architecture Film Festival Move Cine Arch, Venice / Sao Paulo / Paris, Venice

The Unseen Festival, Denver