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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


Medianale, Dallas
Latino Cultural Center
May 18
July 17

Festival ECRÃ, Rio de Janeiro
Cinemateca do Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro
July 11 – 21

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 – 16

Cairo Video Festival. Medrar for Contemporary Art. Kairo
Zawya-Art House Cinema / Institute Francais d'Egypte au Caire
September 9 – 30

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 Ababa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
December 26 – January 1, 2020