Kurzfilmtournee 2021

Untitled Sequence of Gaps

Germany 2020 • experimental film • English w. German ST • 13 min.
German Short Film Award in Gold in the experimental category of up to 30 minutes
Regie, Drehbuch: Vika Kirchenbauer
Kamera: Vika Kirchenbauer, Rita Macedo
Schnitt: Vika Kirchenbauer
Musik: COOL FOR YOU
Produktion: Vika Kirchenbauer


Composed of short vignettes in different techniques and materialities, UNTITLED SEQUENCE OF GAPS uses the form of an essay film to approach trauma-related memory loss via reflections on light outside the visible spectrum – on what is felt but never seen. Carefully shifting between planetary macro scales, physical phenomena and individual accounts of affective subject formation, the artist's voice considers violence and its workings, class and queerness not through representation but from within.

The video’s montage is slow and rhythmic, yet also uneven. The flow of images is interrupted by gaps that hold no less significance than the imagery itself. Footage in which public visual memory stands in for personal remembrance exists alongside sequences recorded via infrared imaging and scenes captured under ultraviolet light or microwave radiation. While pondering the effects of the invisible and the power inherent in shifting violence beyond visibility, the piece simultaneously reflects upon the digital archives and technologies that help shape the contemporary human’s relation to past, present and future.

The work tests the limits of vision and recordability, contemplating instances where a subject remains opaque to itself. Ghosts appear from holes ripped into time by an unremembered childhood, and a recently abolished witch-burning ritual in the artist's rural home town serves as a foil against which to question the politics of visibility.


Jury Statement
That which is remembered does not disappear. But what seems to have been forgotten and repressed also inscribes itself in the bodies. Vika Kirchenbauer re-layers the pile of remaining shadow images; a vague image of a fragile identity emerges. Shaped by the fear of shameful experiences and the compulsion to conform. Subtle forms of violence lack a visual equivalent. Their traces are lost at the edges of the visible spectrum, where ultraviolet and infrared light sets in. Imperceptible from the outside, the cinematic gaze slides onto its own secret wound. The associated biography, which has long since become alien, feeds on memories, but even more on its loss. Vika Kirchenbauer's impressive essay film spreads out in multiple perspectives like a subterranean network of roots - between fragile subjectivity and light theory, between home and the burning of witches, between solar eclipse and carnival.

Vika Kirchenbauer

Vika Kirchenbauer ist als Filmemacherin, Künstlerin, Autorin und Musikproduzentin tätig und lebt in Berlin. In ihrer Arbeit setzt sie sich mit Opazität auseinander und bezieht sich hierbei auf die Repräsentation jener Individuen und Sachverhalte, die von gegebenen Normen abweichen und erörtert die Rolle von Emotionen in Kunst, Wirtschaft und Politik. Ihre vielfach ausgezeichneten Arbeiten wurden weltweit bei Festivals und in Kunstinstitutionen gezeigt, u.a. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, New York Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal, Whitechapel Gallery London, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Kunstmuseum Bonn und Kunsthal Charlottenborg Kopenhagen. Sie erhielt unter anderem das Kunstfonds Stipendium, das Arbeitsstipendium des Berliner Senats und das Villa Aurora Los Angeles Fellowship.

Filmografie
2018 THE ISLAND OF PERPETUAL TICKLING,
2017 WELCOME ADDRESS
2016 SHE WHOSE BLOOD IS CLOTTING IN MY UNDERWEAR
2015 YOU ARE BORING!
2014 PLEASE RELAX NOW
2012 LIKE RATS LEAVING A SINKING SHIP