Remapping the Origins
Austria 2018, 42 minutes
Remapping the Origins is an essay film on the city of Białystok in eastern Poland, a reflection on coming to terms with history and memory. Previously a revolutionary and pluralistic city, Białystok is the birthplace of Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, the medical doctor famed for devising the constructed language Esperanto, and of the film pioneer Dziga Vertov. Anarchist communes emerged here during the Russian Revolution. Later the Nazis built a Jewish ghetto in the city. Johannes Gierlinger brings Białystok’s multifaceted legacy into the present day and face-to-face with contemporary social trends including the rise of the far right. It is a search for origins in one city that could be emblematic of many others, maybe of all of Europe – maybe of the future?
Johannes Gierlinger― Artist
Johannes Gierlinger (Austria) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In his work he engages with history, memory and resistance, their forms of representation and spaces of possibilities. He explores readings, doubts and possible future images in the form of essayistic works. His work has been shown at Austrian and international film festivals and institutions, including Visions Du Réel Nyon, Belvedere21 Vienna, Werkleitz Center for Media Art, CPH:DOX, Ifa Galerie Stuttgart, Edinburgh IFF, Dokufest Prizren, FIC Valdivia, Das Weisse Haus, Rotor Graz, Mumok Cinema, and Diagonale Graz. Gierlinger lives and works in Vienna.