Films in this programme

#052 Desperate for Something Real

Curated by Inez de Coo in relation to the theme of Impakt Festival 2016: Authenticity?
Inez de Coo graduated from Leiden University. She works as a curator, programmer and producer at Impakt.

It might not seem like it, but our world is desperate. The omnipresent and anguished desire for anything real, frequently exploited for marketing purposes, is signifying a very real distress caused by Postfordist capitalism. We are slowly becoming aware of losing grip on the ever flexible, ephemeral and increasingly digital world around us.

We find ourselves in this overly self-referential postmodern world, floating untethered in a consumerist vacuum. Many start on a personal quest for any kind of identity, attempting, however futile, to create an authentic relationship to the world. The artists in these videos have, in their own diverse ways that often take the form of  popular television formats like reality-, confessional- or talent shows, tried to find something true in the seemingly bogus world of entertainment and digital existence, whether it is the queer resonance of Tatu, the extreme control of Disney-imagery, the liberating feeling of Second Life, the fascinating charade of The Price is Right, the bizarre filtering of Google Ads or even the eye-opening experience of country versus city life.

Films in this programme

Gunilla Heilborn & Mårten Nilsson
(SE 2015, 12:22 mins)
Portrait of a small group of people tricked and trapped into a cult-like survivalist life in the Scandinavian woods.
Life in adwords (edited)
Erica Scourti
(Greece 2012, 20:00 MINS)
Starting in March 2012, and running until January 2013, Erica Scourti kept a daily diary in the form of Gmail emails that she sent to...
Larry Emdur’s Suit
Emile Zile
(Australia 2002, 9:15 mins)
‘Zile is chosen as a contestant on The Price is Right. He comes-on-down, gliding and shuffling. He shrugs, waves his hands, twitches...
Audition Tape
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
(Canada 2003, 8 mins.)
What happens when a self-described "gay white male, 5'11", 155 lbs, 29, good singing voice and physical co-ordination" answers an ad for...
Pilvi Takala
(France 2009, 9:15 mins)
The absurd logic of the "real character" and the extreme discipline of Disneyland become apparent when a real fan of Disney's Snow...
Druhy Zivot
Peter Kovacik
(Slovenia 2010, 18:45 mins)
The whole world will be once downloaded into a single communications network. People no longer have to travel to orient themselves in...
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