Observing The Observer. Screening 1
Time and place
Sunday, 16 September 2018 at 17:30
Velikan Park – Hall 3: Александровский парк, 4к3, парк Александровский, Санкт-Петербург, Россия
After a very famous airplane arrives at Palm Beach International Airport, an otherwise ordinary stretch of Florida
highway attracts an avid cluster of excited onlookers and selfie-takers. In the ensuing spectacle, these curious Americans reveal the qualities they may share with the plane’s huuuge-ly notable passenger.
"In Waking Hours"
With the publication of the Ophthalmographia in 1632, the Amsterdam physician Vopiscus Fortunatus Plempius sheds new light on the age-old question of how seeing works. His answer is an invitation to experiment: Enter with me into a darkened room and prepare the eye of a freshly slaughtered cow. In the short film In Waking Hours we see historian Katrien Vanagt – who studied the Latin writings of this Plempius – cloaked in the skin of a 21st- century disciple of Plempius. Her cousin, filmmaker Sarah Vanagt, is there and captures how this modern “Plempia” meticulously follows her teacher’s instructions.
"Find Fix Finish"
Find Fix Finish delves into the accounts of three military drone pilots as they tell the intimate story of the lives they observe on a day-to-day basis. The voyeuristic ocular perspective from a military drone can reduce people to pixels on a screen and a certain decontextualisation is almost necessary to deal with the fact that people can be killed on a push of a button. “Have you ever stepped on an anthill and not given it a second thought?”
"An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks"
A documentary study of the eye and its functions. A compilation of images from various places gives the function of the eye new meanings. It is a tool for instilling fear, the soldier uses it to find his target, and looking into the eye of your executioner can cause him to doubt his actions. What happens when the eye stops looking?
"A Squirrel Improvises"
Director Virginia García del Pino orchestrates an arrangement of raw images taken from Spanish politics with reflections from Josep Maria Esquirol. Improvising off them, the philosopher uses argumentative phrasing to lay bare our entertainment society alongside sequences that cleverly demystify the standard language of power.