At the beginning of June 2020 a call was put out for 60 second phone films on the topic of Shadow Life. The 16 films that were submitted show very clearly the physical and emotional situation of how people were dealing with lockdown, quarantine or even no pandemic measures at all. So this special programme has become an almost historical stock-taking of the initial stages of the Covid19 crisis.
A scientist suggested on the radio that, ‘Isolation experiments are good training for a flight to Mars’. Let’s see where this filmic journey takes us.
In The Shadow Of The Triffids
by Del Barrett
The wisteria was tapping on my study window. It felt like something out of Day of the Triffids. I reread the book. It was eerily prophetic.
Shadow Life Wild Thing
by Susan Brice
My piece, originally in response to a family lockdown film challenge, sees shadows as a key introduction to the day. A day that reveals monstrous aberrations of scale in this miniature world.
I hope you enjoy it.
by Alba D’Urbano
Inspiriert von den Theorien Jean-Luc Nancys über die Berührung assoziiert die Arbeit auf die Isolation in der Coronazeit mit der einhergehenden Abwesenheit von körperlichem Kontakt – auf eine Berührung, die quasi exklusiv durch die Tasten der Medieninstrumentarien erfolgt, während die emotionale Verbindung unkörperlich auf der dünnen verflachten Bildoberfläche des Screens erfolgt. Körperlich und Unkörperlich gleichzeitig: persönlich und politisch. Der Kontakt mit den eigenem geteilten „Ich” scheitert, während durch die Fenster des Bildschirmes die Welt da draußen mit ihrem harten Gesicht von Krieg, Pandemie und Ungleichheit in Erscheinung tritt.
by Moira Zoitl
I was inspired by the daily study sessions with my daughter. A ritual that was a lot of fun in the beginning, both for her and me. As time went by, it took more and more entertainment and creative breaks to keep us both on our toes.
My various roles as mother, carer, teacher got out of hand — started to interfere with each other. My voice in the video picks up the respective role-related moods.
Locked in with Shadow
The film ‘Locked in with Shadow’ was created out of a combined inspiration of visual works and the challenging journey of self-discovery and reflection that has been prompted during the Covid-19 lockdown. During this time of global pause, many of us have been confronted with issues of our pasts, our present and within ourselves; it is a time where our ego and shadow are brought to light. ‘Locked in with Shadow’ taps into the teachings of Carl Jung and his psychoanalysis of the complexities of human personality. The understanding of these aspects within ourselves are usually deterred by the busyness of daily life, however with this time in our homes and with ourselves, instinctively these intricate aspects of our nature have arisen and are inescapable.
The film takes inspiration from the works of namely Man Ray’s ‘Glass Tears,’ Dzigo Vertov’s ‘Man with a Movie Camera,’ Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Persona’ and Maya Deren’s ‘Meshes of the Afternoon.’
by Susanne Senekowitsch
Fly High, Don’t Die
by Gabriel Mestre Arrioja
After 8 weeks of confinement reality has turned difficult for Gabriel, that has found interesting ways to communicate with his inner-self.
Shadow Life in L.A
For the soundtrack – I played a noise improvisation / not edited, with synth MONOTRON DELAY KORG
(an instrument part of the sound of my band L.A.Drones!)
Broken isn’t bad
by Gabriel Mestre Arrioja & Regina Arutti Zapata
Song by Roxi Music. Made in Mexico City with Redmi 8A by Xiaomi, edited with GoPro Quick free.
Just at the time when confinement officially began at a global emergency, I embarked on a journey that will lead me to reflect on time, the matter of the body. Life and death. But above all, me. A homemade scanner, my cameras, the nature that manifests itself in its maximum splendor during spring. Light and shadows helped me decipher and decipher myself. I became extrasensorial and I found greatness in micro.
It will be a journey flooded with light signals. I reflect that internal exploration, through the light. Im interested in showing and communicating that in the smallest particle of the universe, of those flowers and stems, there is life. Life that is energy. And we all are energy. An energy that makes us vibrate and transcend. A path that constantly transmutes, and makes us feel more aware. More connected.
Yesterday does not matter so much, nor tomorrow, but today. Now.
Pasquale: The Fourth Pigeon
Four times pigeons were trapped in the chimney of the fireplace, the space in the chimney was too narrow to allow them to return to the surface. My parents managed to retrieve them one by one and bring them back to freedom and give them a name. The fourth pigeon is called Pasquale.
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