Memento ... Boltanski!

"Memento…Boltanski!" deals in an aestheticising manner with futility of life.
An artificial choreography is generated by variation of order and repetition of 25 stills of a dancing Person. In the same way a rhythm is formed by moduls of natural and artificial sounds (water drops and a machinery's chattering). A whispering voice recites “The Burial of the Dead“ out of the poem “The Waste Land“ by T.S. Eliot.

In the left part of the screen there is a static picture, which at first sight reminds of a sacral motive, maybe a kind of altar. In fact it is a table with a bird’s nest and small skeletons on the surface, which is lighted by a neon light.


Dancer: Dominik Feistmantl

  • Dominik Feistmantl
    Key Cast
  • Eri Kassnel
    Director
  • Film Type:
    Experimental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • International Video Art House Madrid
    Madrid
    Spain
    September 14, 2016
Director Biography - Eri Kassnel

Born 1973 in Timisoara/Romania. 1979 immigration to Germany. Study at the University of Arts in Bern/Switzerland and at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg/ Germany. Since 2010 working as a visual artist with focus on static and moving images, and sound. Participation in national and international exhibitions and festivals, such as. “X-Border-Biennial” Rovaniemi/ Finnland and the “International Video Art House Madrid” (IVAHM)/ Spain.

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Director Statement

I believe, that we - as humans - recognize ourselves by remembering. This is the evidence of existing in a chronological context, which forms identity. The loss of memory can lead to a serious identity crisis. But memory hasn’t to be true implicitly as scientific research taught us: to remember is a flexible process, which always adapts to an optimized learning for the future.

People collect proofs like photographs, documents and letters to verify their memories. I follow from this an existential doubt: Can I trust memory? Who am I really? If I don't leave any traces, have I ever existed?

In this area of conflict, I am interested in man’s subjective sensations and his capability to remember, to forget, to associate and to create - consciously or not - his own Utopia.