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2019

The establishing shot of the video shows a densely built urban landscape, which is contrasted by a concrete and fenced open space in the foreground. The area around a river in Tokyo is the scene of a strange phenomenon. An indefinable silver mass begins to move and seems to inflate from within. The wafting sculpture, which at times reminds of an organic body, then again acts like an architectural element, grows up and decays in the next scene again to a small wrinkled accumulation on the ground. The erection and collapse of this foil takes us to four places whose apocalyptic appeal is enhanced by the sound.

 

Silver foils used to cover cars, bicycles and motorcycles are omnipresent in the streets of Tokyo. They serve as starting material for the experimental cinematic exploration of Tokyo's urban architecture and public space, and the Japanese culture of wrapping and packaging. The narration is embedded in places that contrast with the stereotypes of Tokyo as a metropolis of millions. Accompanied by a dystopian sound, the video creates an apocalyptic mood that raises questions about the nature of public space and its use.

 

Due to its geographical location, Japan is permanently threatened by natural forces and has developed comprehensive disaster control measures. Nationwide installed loudspeakers in the public area are intended to inform the urban population in the event of a disaster. But they are also used in everyday life, for example, to warn children before dusk to return home. As a basis for the sound of the video, field recordings were used with recordings of these public announcements. The voice that speaks in public space, so to speak, from the "off" and thereby has the connotation of authoritarian systems or dictatorships, corresponds to the human bodies that act as mobilizers under the rearing and collapsing film. The Japanese announcement is initially not translated, but used as a means of design and only made comprehensible at the end with subtitles.

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