The short film How to Civilize A Waterfall by Hanna Ljungh will be screening at the International Frauen Film Fest in Medienwerkstatt Wien this fall, on October the 2nd. How to Civilize a Waterfall is a part of the programme The Connection curated by Betyy Schiel and in cooperation with The Golden Pixel Cooperative from Austria.
How to Civilize a Waterfall
The Vienna-based Golden Pixel Cooperative kicks off it’s autumn program with us. Our curator Betty Schiel presents the short film program THE CONNECTION at the Medienwerkstatt Wien. With films by Dagie Brundert, Maja Nagel + Julius Günzel, Hanna Ljungh, Ingeborg Tölke, Krista Davis, Kerstin Honeit, Shana Moulton, Anja Plaschg (Soap&Skin) and Timo Schierhorn.
We attempt a thought experiment: everything is connected to everything else in a living network in which we are interdependent. How would it be if, in this new attitude, we did not place man as an exceptional being at the center of being, but tried to adopt a more-than-human perspective? This radical shift in perspective is about searching for non-anthropocentric perspectives and thus revising the nature film as a whole. What stories can be told about it? What might the films look like and what formal-esthetic approaches can be helpful in the encounter with the Other?
The experimental short film seems particularly appropriate, as it literally unhinges the visual axes with immediate emotional access. The often witty deconstruction of the animal film as a genre is pursued by the filmmakers with all the means of art, for example through the dramaturgically pointed search for the optimal camera angle on the animal object of desire, which is then withheld from us. What do we see when we look at others? How do others look back. Plants, humans and other animals only have a chance to survive if resources are equally distributed among all beings. Showing and practicing this equality in artistic attitude inspires filmmakers to new approaches, of which we collect some exciting examples in this program.
– Frauen Film Fest