Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Others (Installation 2013) / (Screen 2014)





"Die Anderen" (DE) / "The Others" (ENG) (2013)

3-Channel Split Screen HD Film Projection (9 x 2.5m)
(A single version is also available for cinema screenings)
16:50 min

Short Abstract  

An experimental film on the topic of Polish identity caught up in the polarised narratives of nationalism and religion. Dipping in and out of bombastic political commemorations and the elusive remains of multiculturalism, we ask, what alternatives can we construct?

Long Abstract  

The events surrounding the Smolensk catastrophe saw the polish ex-president Kaczynski equated with Jesus, and Poland became the blood-sodden ground of the forgotten innocent howling for revenge! Although this tired image of Poland is something that sickens most young Polish people today, the dramatic events of the nation's past have been drummed into it's subconscious to such a degree and with such poetical furore, that an alternative is very difficult to construct. "The Others" takes the footage and expands or displaces it somewhat across three screens. The subtitles linger a little longer than the images, the screens switch on, change, move, and although a traditional narrative is still kept within the film, the triptych highlights not only the fictional nature of the documentary, but of national identity in general. Rather than facilitating the desired return of a "true" national past, the re-enactment of myths and narratives through poetically-infused remembrance days, paradoxically highlights the fictitious nature of a nation's identity. As such - in this constant process of self-fictionalisation, in a pendulum between the East and West: Can Poland's attempt at self-definition be seen as emancipatory reminder, that the 19th century Western concept of "nation" and the East-West hierarchies on which the country currently depends on, are based on fiction? In this light, can new narratives be created? The film ends with two groups holding flags. The three little pigs, blank faced, bereft of a stage script, wait for the story to begin...

Premiered on the 4th July 2013, HGB Gallery, Leipzig, Germany 
12th July - 24th August 2013 HGB Gallery, Leipzig, Germany 
21st - 25th June 2015, SIEF2015 12th Congress: Zagreb, Croatia



Suggested projection plan 

Image of set up before the exhibition at the HGB

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great work! I watched this movie two times, and I am seriously impressed. I very much hope it gets the intention it deserves. Sven