Emergency Call

While the summer in Berlin in 2018 was the hottest and driest in the whole history, the month of July 2017 had brought us only heavy rain. The Landwehrkanal emerged from the banks, basements overflowed. Extreme climatological events, which take place all over the world, should be a warning sign to large industry and governments. My hope is that humanity will respond to Earth’s emergency call and not let the phone rust in the water.

  • Maria Korporal
  • Vladimir Hirsch
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 23, 2019
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  • Exhibition "The Flood Today"
    March 15, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Exhibition "HUMAN RIGHTS? #CLIMA"
    September 7, 2019
    Italian Premiere
  • Vertical Movie Festival
    October 12, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Maria Korporal

Maria Korporal was born 1962 in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands. She studied graphics and painting at the St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts in Breda. During her studies she began working with photography and she graduated with, among other things, a video installation. After her studies, in 1986, she moved to Italy, where she returned to painting. In 1989 she co-founded the Italian publishing house Apeiron Editori, directing the production and book design. In this environment she became involved with the use of computers, and she began applying digital techniques also in her art work. Since 1998 she has dedicated herself to using the new media arts for her expression.
Until 2013 she lived in Italy in Sant’Oreste (RM). Since 2014 she has lived and worked in Berlin.
Maria Korporal’s artistic production includes video art, installations, interactive art and performances.
She is an active member of the Verein Berliner Künstler (Association of Berlin Artists) and of the artists' group Group Global 3000 - Art and other sustainabilities in Berlin. Her videos are distributed in Italy by VisualContainer, Milan.
Her works have been shown and awarded in various exhibitions all over the world. Among the numerous international festivals where her videos were presented: FIVAC, Fest Miden, Madatac, Now & After, Unabhängisches Medienfestival Tübingen, WRO Media Art Biennale, InVideo, Bolzano Short Film Festival, Instants Vidéo, Proyector, Magmart, MashRome FilmFest, Mediawave Festival, Strangloscope, Cyberfest, ReggioFilmFestival, Over the Real, Ibrida, Vierte Welle Festival.
Her website: www.mariakorporal.com

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Director Statement

My multimedia work has been designed using a wide variety of techniques. The narrative aspect, both personal and social, plays a major role in my work and, together with the directness of the images and the sounds, leads to a great participation of the viewer. In my work I play with virtuality and reality, with undergone and artificially generated experiences. Most of my projects deal with social and environmental issues, often with an ironic approach.