A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift

The lockdown can also be taken as another word for territorialization as everybody had to stay right at his or her place. Territorialization, unintential or intentional, means coming-back-to-one’s world, to reattach to a segment of the world. This film narrates qualities of this being-stuck-to-earth by means of the old Irish Alphabet of Trees, the Ogham. Each tree is a letter, a quality, something to interact with, something to incorporate. Old and new stories, trees and people, territories and poetry merge.

  • Elisabeth von Samsonow
    Director
  • Elisabeth von Samsonow
    Writer
  • Anne Mullee
    Producer
  • Ruby Wallis
    Key Cast
  • Michaele Cutaya
    Key Cast
  • Michelle Doyle
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 22, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Austria
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Tulca Festival
    Galway
    Ireland
    April 17, 2021
    16.4.2021
Director Biography - Elisabeth von Samsonow

Elisabeth von Samsonow(*1956) started teaching philosophy at the University in Munich in 1995 while she was a student in the studios of Eduardo Paolozzi and Daniel Spoerri who had held chairs at the Munich art academy that time. She won an upcoming artist prize of the State of Upper Bavaria in 1986. Since 1996 she holds the chair of philosophy and art anthropology at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her recent works comprise installations, videos and performances arranged around her sculptures, as „Xylo Twittering“ (Berlin 2013), „The Nervous System of the Earth“ (Vienna 2014), Living Currency (Thessaloniki 2014), „Horse’s Glory“ (ART BOX, MQ Vienna 2015), „DISLIKE MYSELF TERROR ACT/ WANT MYSELF BEAUTIFUL DESIRE SCULPT“ (MAK Vienna 2016) and „LES BALLETS RUSSES PRESENT THE ANTI ELECTRA OF ELISABETH VON SAMSONOW“ (Solyanka State Gallery Moscow 2017). Her video work „LABORATORY OF THE EXO/ ENDO CORPUS“ was screened at the THE PHOTOPHORE festival at Athens and at the ZKM in Karlsruhe (2017), at the VIENNALE 2017 and in SPAZIO RODOTTO, Venice, at the occasion of the show „Coming back tot he Postfuture“. Her video THE PARENTS‘ BEDROOM SHOW was displayed at the occasion of Venice Biennale 2019 at Spazio Ridotto Venice. A VISIT, A CEREMONY, A GIFT was commissioned by TULCA FESTIVAL GALWAY and GALWAY CULTURAL CAPITAL 2020 by Kate Strain and produced by Anne Mullee.

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Director Statement

My films are experimental, based on performance art which is engaged as a vector exploring space, bodies, economies, the land and the affects. Costumes are simple and improvised, often just felt drawings on paper. Th camera work is slow, hypnotic, zen and filled with that boredom which is the mother of art.