Ocean of Love
Alexa Karolinski and Ingo Niermann
(Germany 2019, 93:00 minutes)
Alexa Karolinski and Ingo Niermann make war movies about love. They founded The Army of Love, an alliance that offers trainings, recruitments, discussions and testimonial videos to promote the redistribution of sensual love to all who need it.
Produced in Cuba, Ocean of Love is a docu-fiction showing ten volunteer members of the Army of Love carrying out daily routines while answering questions about love and labour. Here, in one of the few remaining socialist countries, the members of the Army describe an automated future in which the only remaining form of human work will be the distribution of love. Contrary to romantic traditions that understand love as a personal act of involuntary passion, Ocean of Love imagines a society in which everyone can give and receive love according to their needs, regardless of whether their bodies conform to orthodox canons of desirability and beauty.
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Alexa Karolinski― Artist
Alexa Karolinski is a German-Canadian filmmaker, whose work includes two critically-acclaimed feature documentaries, several art films, and a long list of music videos and commercials. She now lives between Berlin and Los Angeles. She received the Grimme Prize for her first film Oma & Bella.”Karolinski co-wrote and co-created the Netflix show Unorthodox (2020), which has since been Emmy and Golden Globe nominated in addition to winning a Grimme, as well as Peabody award. In 2016, Karolinski started her ongoing art-video collaboration with writer/artist Ingo Niermann. Their film Army of Love premiered at the Berlin Biennale. It has since been included in exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, MACBA, Castello di Rivoli, as well as CCCB and the Wiesbaden Biennale. Their second installment of the series, OCEANO DE AMOR, was part of a three month exhibition Auto Italia gallery in London and had its world premiere at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen in March 2020.
Ingo Niermann― Artist
Ingo Niermann is a writer and the editor of the speculative book series Solution. Recent books include Solution 295-304: Mare Amoris (2020), Burial of the White Man (with Erik Niedling, 2019), and Solution 275-294: Communists Anonymous (ed., with Joshua Simon, 2017). Based on his novel Solution 257: Complete Love (2016), Niermann initiated the Army of Love (thearmyoflove.net), a project that tests and promotes a just redistribution of sensual love. Together with film maker Alexa Karolinksi, he collaborated on the films “Army of Love” (2016) and “Oceano de amor” (2020).