People Mover

Combining documentary material, found footage, and 2D/3D animation, People Mover shows the construction and daily life of an imaginary city founded on unstable ground. In a circle of service, maintenance, and destruction, the city caters to the consumption of its population of short-term visitors, weekenders, and start-uppers. A train drives the narrative through an urban landscape shaped by fast development, pop-up architecture, mega-events, food delivery services, surface maintenance, cruise tourism, and trade fairs. Fiction and reality are surrealistically woven together with existing street furniture and public surfaces. The film features an interview with Joseph Vogl.

  • Michael Amstad
  • Marte Eknæs
  • Joseph Vogl
    Key Cast
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    27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 EUR
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  • Premiere People Mover at UKS, Oslo
    October 18, 2017
  • People Mover Evening, Volksbühne (Grüner Salon)
    March 16, 2018
  • People Mover Evening, The Kitchen
    New York
    United States
    September 14, 2018
Director Biography - Michael Amstad, Marte Eknæs

MICHAEL AMSTAD is a Swiss filmmaker, video designer and animator based in Berlin. He uses 2D and 3D animation, stop motion, editing and compositing to create short films and music videos. For the last five years he has been the head of Wolfgang Tillmans’ video department and collaborated on several music videos with him. He was the production coordinator, set designer, and worked on the postproduction and design for Hito Steyerl’s German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and her solo exhibition at Artists Space, NY, both in 2015. He has also created sets for large scale music video productions. As a member of the production company Hylas Film, he has since 2009 been working on the stop motion series Circus, due to be completed in 2020.

MARTE EKNÆS is a Norwegian artist based in Berlin and Espa, Norway. She works in a wide range of mediums including, sculpture, collage and video - often dealing with topics related to the public sphere. She has exhibited widely internationally, and her solo exhibitions include Kunsthall Oslo, Bonner Kunstverein, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, and her book Formal Economy was published by Mousse Publishing, Milan in 2015. She recently completed two large scale public works in Oslo; the permanent installation Materie, 2017 commissioned by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, and the collaborative project Open 24 Hours, 2016-18 with Nicolau Vergueiro for the Munch Museum, Oslo.

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