D: Viera Čákanyová Czek Republic, Slovakia 2019, 73 min, OV
At the start: analogue pictures, as a reminder of things that once were, and of the ways they were filmed. They are followed by a composition of crystal-clear digital images – overhead shots of the endless white expanse of the Antarctic, choreographed tracking shots – here and there accompanied by breathing, distorted sound and white noise. The eye meets a landscape in the process of disappearing that is just as razor-sharp as the images via which the viewers survey it. Miniature people occasionally appear in the frame, survivors of a catastrophe that took hold of the world at some point between the past and a possible future. Frem is a document, a poetic examination of imaging processes, and a science fiction film in one; with insistent radicality, it weaves together the imaginative realms of art and research, reality and fiction, depiction and the depicted.
D: Anouk De Clercq/Tom Callemin, Belgium 2017, 13 min, OV with English subtitles
A blind man reports on an eclipse, a light phenomenon that he perceives through senses that do not involve sight. He guides us through the dark, through this temporary event that transforms the world as we know it. In this encounter between work by visual artists Anouk De Clercq and Tom Callemin, light and darkness also meet. Their respective worlds continually find themselves in the realm of the barely visible, in black-and-white, in the fascination with what light can reveal.