BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
Prudent comments on a society characterised by a rock- solid faith in progress, technology and our capacity to impose our will on the world.
BRIAN DOYLE (USA 2003, VIDEO, 10:18 MIN)
Brian Doyle reveals a world that cannot see its way. The invisible populace of this world, present only through the objects of their creation, attempts to illuminate paths through the unknown. It culminates as a metropolis’ beacon reaches skyward and the elements bear down through its beams.
JULIO SOTO (USA 2003, VIDEO, 6:13 MIN)
lmagine a post-apocalytic generic urban center. lmagine interiors covered with vines, water, vegetation, and flies swarming around. lmagine an omnipotent camera, ubiquitous, panning and dollying through urban landscapes of surreal imagery. Abandoned buildings, ruined urban centres, deserted cities, nature taking over every space around…
Buildings and Grounds – The Angst Archive
KEN KOBLAND (USA 2003, VIDEO, 44:26 MIN)
Kobland’s quiet, meditative video is a philosophical investigation, a travelogue of sorts, and, ultimately, a probing essay-film in the tradition of Aleksandr Sokorov or late Godard. The video pairs lingering, beautifully framed shots of urban scenes, industrial installations, deserts, and other evocative landscapes with a series of fragmentary ruminations. Floating over an image track virtually evacuated of all human form or movement, Kobland ‘s questions and digressions call up a beautiful and melancholy world. The film consist s of a prologue and 5 chapters. In each chapter, audio excerpts from one source are combined with transcriptions of text fragments from a totally other source.
Prologue: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (Walt Whitman). Cha pter 1: Tokyo Story (Ozu) / White Noise (Don Delillo).
Chapter 2: Juliet of the Spirits (Federico Fellini) / Thou ght on the Dharma (Peter Levitt)
Chapter 3: Persona (lngmar Bergman) / The Three Sisters (Anton Chekhov)
Chapter 4: The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky) / Dr. Faustus (Thomas Mann)
Chapter 5: Derrid a and Deconstruct ion (Professor Loui s Markos) / Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (Walt Whitman)