Private Project

TRANSITIONS

TRANSITIONS is a journey from the civilizing void of the desert to a maximal urban, capitalistic and hedonistic density, which in the case of Las Vegas assumes some bizarre expression. The film is a contemplation without any people or moving machines in it, focussing on the built and designed.

  • Aurèle Ferrier
    Director
  • Aurèle Ferrier
    Writer
  • Aurèle Ferrier
    Producer
  • Peter Bräker
    sound design and foley artist
  • Sandra Bühler
    editing consultants
  • Andreas Mueller
    editing consultants
  • Anna Hilti
    third eyes
  • Thomas Galler
    third eyes
  • Gregg Langlois
    post production
  • Noé Marti
    post production
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 19, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • IDFA 30th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    November 17, 2017
    European Premiere
  • Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, New Cinema and Contemporary Art, Paris
    Paris
    France
    April 6, 2019
  • NewFilmmakers NY, Anthology Film Archives, New York City
    New York City
    United States
    April 17, 2019
    New York Premiere
  • VP screening at Image Forum Tokyo
    Tokyo
    Japan
    February 23, 2019
    Tokyo Premiere
  • Open City Documentary Festival London
    London
    United Kingdom
    September 7, 2018
  • Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    June 7, 2019
    Portuguese Premiere
  • 25th European Film Festival Palic
    Palic
    Croatia
    July 20, 2018
    Balkan Premiere
  • Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    July 5, 2019
  • 52nd Solothurn Film Festival
    Solothurn
    Switzerland
    January 20, 2017
    Wold Premiere
  • VIDEOFORMES, Clermont-Ferrand
    Clermont Ferrand
    France
    March 16, 2018
    French Premiere
  • Festival ECRA, Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 12, 2019
  • 25th Chicago Underground Film Festival
    Chicago
    United States
    June 8, 2018
  • 31es Instants Vidéo, Marseille
    Marseille
  • Present Future Film Festival Macao
    Macao
    Macao
    September 7, 2018
    Macao Premiere
  • MADATAC 2018, Videoart & New Media Audio-Visual Art, Madrid
    Madrid
    Spain
    January 20, 2018
    Spanish Premiere
    Best Video Art Work / Best Audio-Visual Art Work
  • EUROVIDEO, Festival Européen des Arts Vidéos, Videographies Int. Video Art Association
    Liège
    Belgium
    March 16, 2018
    Belgium Premiere
    Formal Innovation Prize
  • Video Party Kyoto
    Kyoto
    Japan
    July 28, 2018
    Japanese Premiere
  • Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival
    Hawick
    United Kingdom
    May 5, 2018
    Scottisch Premiere
  • Dhaka International Film Festival
    Dhaka
    Bangladesh
    January 11, 2019
    Bangladesh Premiere
  • Architekturtage, Haus der Architektur Graz
    Graz
    Austria
    June 8, 2018
    Austrian Premiere
  • 26th Berkeley Video & Film Festival
    Berkeley
    United States
    September 29, 2017
  • Festival Internacional de Videoarte, Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    December 14, 2018
    Argentinian Premiere
  • 23rd Leuven International Short Film Festival
    Leuven
    Belgium
    December 8, 2017
    Belgian Premiere
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival
    York
    United Kingdom
    November 10, 2017
    UK Premiere
  • Videoex Experimental Film & Video Festival, Winner Swiss Competition
    Zurich
    Switzerland
    May 27, 2017
    Winner Swiss Competition
  • Werkschau 2107, Fine Arts Grants Exhibition, Canton Zurich
    Zurich
    Switzerland
    September 22, 2017
    Fine Arts Grant
  • Seattle Transmedia & Indepentend Film Festival, Transmedia Gallery
    Seattle
    United States
    July 20, 2017
    International Premiere
  • Channels, The Australian Video Art Festival, Conditional Surplus
    Melbourne
    Australia
    September 1, 2017
    Australian Premiere
  • 2017 Fine Arts Grants Exhibiton, City of Zurich, Helmhaus, Zurich
    Zurich
    Switzerland
    July 14, 2017
  • Play, Semana de Video Arte, Centro Cultural Universitario, Córdoba
    Córdoba
    Argentina
    September 22, 2017
  • UMW Media Wall, Moving Image Exhibition, Universtity of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg
    Fredericksburg
    United States
    September 29, 2017
  • Blue Magpie Experimental Film Series, Film Center at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu
    Hsinchu
    Taiwan
    November 3, 2017
  • Drunken Film Fest
    Bradford
    United Kingdom
    July 20, 2018
  • Video Art Miden
    Kalamata
    Greece
    July 6, 2018
    Greek Premiere
  • +code, Festival de Arte Electronico, Bueonos Aires
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    December 16, 2018
  • The Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival
    Tampa
    United States
    February 8, 2019
  • Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival
    Iowa City
    United States
    April 19, 2019
  • L'Europe autour de l'Europe, festival de film d'auteur et de l'art, Paris
    Paris
    France
    March 17, 2019
  • MOMus State Museum of Contemporary Art / Video Art Miden
    Thessaloniki
    Greece
    April 5, 2019
  • Joburg Fringe Videoart
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
  • Dallas Medianale
    Dallas
    United States
    July 17, 2019
  • A Window to the World, City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
    Hiroshima
    Japan
    November 20, 2019
  • Addis Video Art Festival
    Addis Ababa
    Ethiopia
    December 27, 2019
    Ethiopian Premiere
  • Meet the Artist, Xenix Cinema
    Zurich
    Switzerland
    November 21, 2019
  • 6e Biennale d’art vidéo et performance /si:n/ en Palestine
    Ramallah
    Palestine, State of
    July 14, 2019
    Palestinian Premere
  • Festival ECRÃ, Cinemateca do Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 20, 2019
  • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Contemporary Moving Images
    Berlin
    Germany
    August 23, 2019
    German
  • 2020 YBCA Center for the Arts, San Francisco
    San Francisco
    United States
    October 30, 2020
  • Alternative, Festival of New Film and Video, Belgrade
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    December 11, 2019
  • Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens
    Athens
    Greece
    October 9, 2020
  • HS Fest, La Gare Expérimentale
    Paris
    France
    January 4, 2020
  • Urban Stories, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich
    Zurich
    Switzerland
    February 7, 2020
  • Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art
    Lviv
    Ukraine
    September 18, 2020
    Ukrainian Premiere
  • Arizona Underground Film Festival
    Tucson
    United States
    September 18, 2020
    Arizina Premiere
  • Visions in the Nunnery 2020
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 23, 2020
  • In Out Moving Image Festival
    Gdansk
    Poland
    October 23, 2020
  • Internacional de Videoarte, Museo MARCO La Boca, Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    March 20, 2021
  • Heimspiel, Kunsthaus Glarus
    Glarus
    Switzerland
    December 11, 2021
  • Experimental Forum
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 17, 2021
    Honorable Mention
  • Blicke Filmfestival des Ruhrgebiets
    Bochum
    Germany
    November 19, 2021
    Weitblick - trailer Ruhr - Prize
Distribution Information
  • Aurèle Ferrier Filmproduktion
    Country: Switzerland
    Rights: All Rights, Ship, Video / Disc
Director Biography - Aurèle Ferrier

Aurèle Ferrier is a visual artist based in Zurich. He holds an MA Fine Arts from the Zurich University of the Arts. With his cinematic art works he explores the margins of civilization. His work has received several awards and has been presented in exhibitions and film- and moving image festivals in over 40 countries; i.a. at Rencontres Internationales (Paris/Berlin), Image Forum (Tokyo), Anthology Film Archives (New York), IDFA (Amsterdam), Open City Documentary Festival (London), Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich), Arquiteturas Film Festival (Lisbon), Kumu Art Museum (Tallin), Chicago Underground Film Festival (Chicago), Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (Warsaw), Film Center National Chiao Tung University (Hsinchu), City Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima)

PRIZES, AWARDS, GRANTS
2021 Fine Arts Grant, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Zurich
2021 Fine Arts Grant, Freiraumstipendium, Canton of Zurich
2021 Work Grant Covid-19, City of Zurich
2021 Honorable Mention, Experimental Forum, Los Angeles
2020 First prize ex aequo, In Out Festival, Laznia Center of Contemporary Art, Gdansk
2019 Fine Arts Grant, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
2018 Best vaudiovisual/video art work, Madatac Videoart & New Media Audio-Visual Art, Madrid
2018 Formal Innovation Prize, Eurovideo, Vidéographies International Video Art Association, Liège
2017 Fine Arts Grant, Canton Zurich
2017 Winner Swiss Competition, Videoex Intl. Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich
2016 Grand Jury Award, Best Experimental Short, Slamdance Film Festival, Park City
2016 Fine Arts Grant, Canton St.Gallen
2016 Fine Arts Grant, UBS Culture Foundation
2016 Special mention, Festival Internacional de Cine y Arte, Buenos Aires
2015 Best Foreign Experimental Film, 24th Berkeley Video and Film Festival, Berkeley
2015 Award of Merit, Experimental Film, The Indiefest Film Awards, La Jolla
2015 Gold Reel Award, Nevada International Film Festival, Las Vegas
2010 Studio scholarship, visarte.ost, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

EXHIBITIONS, FILM- AND MOVING IMAGE FESTIVALS
2021  Internacional de Videoarte, Museo MARCO La Boca, Buenos Aires
2021 Blicke Filmfestival des Ruhrgebiets, Bochum
2021  Heimspiel, Kunsthaus Glarus
2021  The Original, the Non-place and the Copy, Architecture Film Festival London
2021  I’ll Be Your Mirror, Kunstzeughaus, Winterthur
2021  Current Situation Exhibition, Laznia Center of Contemporaray Art, Gdansk
2020 YBCA Center for the Arts, San Francisco
2020 Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art, Lviv
2020 Visions in the Nunnery Exhibition, London
2020 In Out Festival, Laznia Center of Contemporary Art, Gdansk
2020 Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athen
2020 Arizona Underground Film Festival, Tucson
2020 Waterpieces Intl. Contemporary and Video Art Festival, Riga
2020 HS Fest, La Gare Expérimentale, Paris
2020 Urban Stories, Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich
2019 Rencontres Internationales, Contemporary Moving Images, Paris/Berlin
2019 VP Kyoto screening at Image Forum, Tokyo
2019 NewFilmmakers NY, Anthology Film Archives, New York
2019 Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisbon
2019 A Window to the World, City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
2019 Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lissabon
2019 Cairo Video Fetival, Kairo
2019 Biennale d’art vidéo et performance /si:n/ en Palestine, Ramallah
2019 Festival ECRÃ, Cinemateca do Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro
2019 Video Programm, Macro Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma
2019 Medianale, Dallas
2019 Addis Video Art Festival, Addis Ababa
2019 The Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, Tampa
2019 Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka
2019 Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Iowa City
2019 L'Europe autour de l'Europe, festival de film d'auteur et de l'art, Paris
2019 Transitions, Museum of Emptiness, St. Gallen
2019 Videolands, MOMus State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
2018  25th Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago
2018  Joburg Fringe Videoart, Johannesburg
2018  Open City Documentary Festival, London
2018  33ième Videoformes, Video Art & Digital Cultures, Clermont-Ferrand
2018  31es Instants Vidéo, Marseille
2018  Video Party, Kyoto
2018  Madatac, Videoart & New Media Audio-Visual Art, Madrid
2018  Tirana International Film Festival, Video Art & Experimental official competition, Tirana
2018  25th European Film Festival, Palic
2018  Festival International de Videoarte, Buenos Aires
2018  Internationales Architektur Film Festival Move Cine Arch, Venedig / Paris / Sao Paulo
2018  Architekturtage, Haus der Architektur Graz
2018  Present Future Film Festival, Macao
2018  Eurovideo, Festival Européen des Arts Vidéos, Videographies Int. Video Art Association, Liège
2018  Video Art Festival Turku
2018  Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Hawick
2018  Bienal Int. de Video y Cine Contemporáneo, Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, Mexicali
2018  Drunken Film Fest, Bradford
2018 +Code, Festival de Arte Electronico, Buenos Aires
2018  Mostra de Arte do Audiovisual do Barreiro, Barreiro Belo Horizonte
2018  The Unseen Festival, Denver
2018  Screening, FokiaNou Art Space, Athens
2018  15º Oberá en Cortos / Play Semana de Videoartes, Misiones
2018  Video Art Miden, Kalamata
2017 30th IDFA, Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
2017 52nd Solothurn Film Festival, Solothurn
2017 Werkschau 2017, Fine Arts Grants of Canton Zurich, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich
2017 Fine Arts Grants Exhibiton City of Zurich, Helmhaus, Zurich
2017 26th Berkeley Video & Film Festival, Berkeley
2017 Leuven International Short Film Festival, Leuven
2017 Channels, The Australian Video Art Festival, Conditional Surplus, Melbourne
2017 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York
2017 Seattle Transmedia & Indepentend Film Festival, Transmedia Gallery, Seattle
2017 Videoex Intl. Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich
2017 Cairo Video Festival, Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo
2017 Play, Semana de Video Arte, Centro Cultural Universitario, Córdoba (Argentina)
2017 Architecture Film Festival London
2017 Pittsburgh Architecture Movie Festival, Pittsburgh
2017 Architecture Film Days Zurich
2017 UMW Media Wall, Moving Image Exhibition, Universtity of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg
2017 Blue Magpie Experimental Film Series, Film Center at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu
2017 Montevideo World Film Festival, Montevideo
2017 Near Nazareth Festival, Afula
2017 Archiv und Haus, artistic programm across Europe, Lisbon
2016 22nd Slamdance Film Festival, Park City
2016 Kumu Art Film Festival, Kumu Art Museum / Roterman Square, Tallinn
2016 Infrastructures (solo exhibition), Centre de Création en Arts Médiatiques, Québec
2016 Les Rencontres Internationales, Nouveau Cinéma et Art Contemporain, Paris
2016 Urban View Competition, Short Waves Festival, Poznan
2016 Visions in the Nunnery, Moving Image Bow Arts, London
2016 Festival Intl. de Cine y Arte, Arte Non Stop, Buenos Aires
2016 Sluice Screens Prize Shortlist Exhibition, video and projected art, London
2016 Cannes Art Film Festival, Cannes
2016 Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Moscow
2016 23rd Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago
2016 Mediterranean Film Festival, Siracusa
2016 Infrastructures, screening and talk, Le Foyer / Réunion Zurich
2016 La Bienal Intl. de Video y Cine Contemporáneo, Ensenada, Mexicali y Tijuana
2016 Catch of the Year, Dienstgebäude, Zurich
2016 Norwich Radical Film Festival, Norwich
2016 Magwill Film Festival, Los Angeles
2016 ArteNonStop, Festival Intl de Cine y Arte, Buenos Aires
2015 24th Berkeley Video and Film Festival, Berkeley
2015 Der entfesselte Raum, Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur
2015 Arquitectura Film Festival Santiago de Chile
2015 Reykjavik International Film Festival, Reykjavik
2015 The Indie Film Awards, La Jolla
2015 Arkipel, Intl Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Jakarta
2015 Los Angeles Urban Film Festival, Los Angeles
2015 Back In The Box Competition, Toluca Lake
2015 Currents, Santa Fe International New Media Fesival, Santa Fe
2015 Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens
2015 Great Lakes International Film Festival, Erie
2015 Pune Short Film Festival, Pune
2015 The Indie Film Awards, La Jolla
2015 Nevada International Film Festival, Las Vegas
2015 M.A.C. Festival, Manaus
2015 Trenton Film Festival, Trenton
2015 Access Code Film Festival, Bangalore
2014 Grosse Regionale, Kunstzeughaus, Rapperswil
2014 Master Fine Arts Degree Show, Shedhalle, Zurich
2013 You Are Here, Canberra Museum, Canberra
2012 Electric Darkness, Sim Gallery, Reykjavik
2012 Black Box, with Hu Jieming (restricted by authorities), Biennale Shanghai
2012 Rólegur Mánuður, Hafnarstraeti, Reykjavik
2011 Dreck hält warm / Grüsse aus dem Unterholz, Liechtenst. Kunstverein, Schaan
2011 Soupe Populaire, Nextex / visarte.ost, St.Gallen
2010 Video Night, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

LECTURES, TALKS, SEMINARS, JURYS, et al.
2020 Co-founder ,Artists Film Collective’ (association and platform)
2019 ,Between Art and Cinema’, seminar, Master Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts
2019 Meet the Artist, Kino Xenix, Zürich
2018 Guest lecture, Beijing Academy of Creative Arts, Beijing
2019 ,Between Art and Cinema’, seminar, Master Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich
2018 Guest lecture, Beijing Academy of Creative Arts, Beijing
2018  Seminar/workshop ‚How To...’, Master Fine Arts, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich
2018  Jury board, 20th Videoex International Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich
2018  Research encounter, Maritime Poetics: from Coast to Hinterland, Corner College, Zurich
2017 Guest lecture at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), in the context of: ‚The World and its Double', A short film story for architects, spatial concepts in film and architecture
professorship: Annette Gigon/Mike Guyer, lecturer: Dr. Marcel Bächtiger
2016 Infrastructures, Talk with Gioia Dal Molin, Le Foyer/Réunion, Zurich
2014 - 2018 Talks und Q&A's at various festivals, i.e. at 30th IDFA, Amsterdam

THANKS FOR PROJECT AND TRAVEL SUPPORT
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Consulates General of Switzerland in Los Angeles, Santiago de Chile, Madrid, Mexico City, Sydney, Beijing
Arts Council Canton Saint Gallen
Pro Helvetia Cairo
Swiss Films
Erna und Curt Burgauer Stiftung
Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung
Georg und Josi Guggenheim Stiftung
Olga und Ernst Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung
Stiftung Anne-Marie Schindler
Georges und Jenny Bloch Stiftung
Volkart Stiftung
Else v. Sick Stiftung
Gwärtler Stiftung
Dr. Adolf Streuli-Stiftung
Steo Stiftung
Filmförderung Kath. Medienzentrum
Patronagefonds für junge Schweizer Künstler
Hedwig Scherrer Stiftung
Casinelli Vogel Stiftung

PRESS, CATALOGUES (selection)
Jury Statement, Videoex Int. Experimental Film & Video Festival 2017
Swiss Films, catalogue short films 2017, p.30
Transitions, Swiss Films
Die Anarchie steckt im Heizkörper, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, July 28, 2017
Aurèle Ferrier sucht nach der Leere, St.Galler Tagblatt, July 27, 2016
Interview in Stigmart Videofocus Biennal Edition 2015, p.102
Exhibiton and festival catalogues

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
'Cine-Club Perla-Mode' since 2012, together with his friends Anna Hilti (artist),
Krispin Hée (graphic designer), Andreas Mueller (filmmaker) and Thomas Galler (artist).
Screenings and talks with filmmakers and artist, i.e with Hans Witschi, Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn, Christian Schocher, Marcel Gisler, Thomas Imbach, Gisela Storch-Pestalozza, Samir Ramdani, Cyril Schäublin, Silvan Hiller, Nicolas Appelt, Benjamin Heisenberg
Support: City of Zurich
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COLLECTIONS
Collection Bosshard, Rapperswil-Jona
Collection Canton St.Gallen
Credit Suisse Art Collection, Zurich

FILMOGRAPHY
2022/23 (new works in progress)
2017 Transitions, 13 min.
2016 Old Mill, 6 min.
2014 Infrastructures, 23 min.
2014 Desert Talks, 30 min.
editions of 5 + 1 A.P.

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