sin∞fin #1 – Performances at the End of the World

In the first episode of the "sin∞fin" trilogy, two characters through the rooms of a house that has no address: the structure of their interior spaces, stuffed with visions and memories. a hybrid of pathos and agony. Surreal dream sequences oppose situations of the everyday. The winds and climate of the land at the end of the world cause a continuous disintegration and transformation of beings. The vastness, isolation and solitude, tell of a unique nature, inside which the individual adapts searching to find a home.

  • VestAndPage
    Director
  • Verena Stenke
    Director
  • Andrea Pagnes
    Director
  • VestAndPage
    Writer
  • Andrea Pagnes
    Writer
  • VestAndPage
    Producer
  • Verena Stenke
    Producer
  • Andrea Pagnes
    Producer
  • VestAndPage
    Key Cast
  • Verena Stenke
    Key Cast
  • Andrea Pagnes
    Key Cast
  • Verena Stenke
    Cinematography
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Performance art, Travel, Environment, Ecology, Art, Philosophy, Nature, Wilderness
  • Runtime:
    38 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 10, 2010
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Chile
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    HD digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Patagonia Performance
    Punta Arenas
    Chile
  • TRAMPOLIM_ Platform for Live Art
    Vitoria, ES
    Brazil
  • X° Festival de Cine en la Patagonia
    Puerto Natales
    Chile
    Official Selection
  • Close Up Vallarta
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico
  • Exist-Ence
    Brisbane
    Australia
  • 7° MOZG International Festival of Visual Arts
    Bydgozcz
    Poland
  • Performatiivisia Videoteoksia
    Helsinki
    Finland
  • FIVAC Festival Internacional de Videoarte
    Camaguey
    Cuba
    Official Selection
  • INDEPENDENCE.DO @ Museo de Arte Moderno
    Santo Domingo
    Dominica
  • CeC Annual Carnival of E-Creativity
    Bhimtal
    India
  • Zonadeartenaccion
    Quilmes
    Argentina
  • CCEBA Centro Cultural de España
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
  • Rapid Pulse
    Chicago
    United States
Distribution Information
  • PAV Performance Art Video
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video on Demand, Pay Per View
Director Biography - VestAndPage, Verena Stenke, Andrea Pagnes

Since 2006, German artist Verena Stenke and Venetian-born artist and writer Andrea Pagnes have been working together as VestAndPage and gained international recognition in the fields of performance art, performance-based film, writing, publishing, and collective performance operas and temporary artistic community projects. For over a decade, VestAndPage have been exploring performance art and film as a phenomenon through their collaborative creative practice, as well as through theoretical artistic research and curatorial projects. Their works have been presented in museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas and a variety of sites worldwide. They are devoted to a poetic approach in experimental, personal filmmaking based on performance art, questioning the perception of reality, and how we process and store information. For VestAndPage, film can delude space-time, open the unconscious as a creative vessel, and reveal processes and relations by linking apparently disconnected persons, things and happenings.

Between 2010 and 2012 they produced their trilogy of performance-based short films "sin∞fin" in Antarctica, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and India. Between 2014 and 2018, VestAndPage produced "Plantain", an award-winning art film based on their month-long performance walk from Northern Germany through Poland to the Russian region of Kaliningrad in May/June 2015. The project is based on true historic events of the escape of Stenke's family in the civil exodus from former East Prussia in winter 1945. In 2020 they published "Poetics of Relations – A Manifesto On Performance-Based Filmmaking" as a video article inquiring their practice on the Journal of Embodied Research. The same year saw them producing "ANAM CARA – Mirror in the Mirror" through co-creation in lockdown with 22 international performance artists, as well as "AMOR AND PSYCHE (In Times of Plagues)", a short about the nature of breath.
They are currently in post-production for their performance-based feature "STRATA" on Deep Time, realized in collaboration with over 20 artists and scientists in the caves of the Swabian Jura. They are developing "momentum", a series of video conversations on existential subjects with people from the arts, culture and science.
They have authored and produced numerous other video art works and experimental shorts based on performance art.

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Director Statement

VestAndPage's art practice is contextual and situation-responsive, conceived psycho-geographically in response to natural surroundings, social contexts, historical sites and architectures. They usually work in 'thin places, in which the borders between spaces and times are the most fragile – liminal spaces in which the worlds come closest. In their works, they move between the unseen and the unforeseen, the unsaid, the forgotten and the repressed. They inquire about performance art as an urgency to explore the physical, mental and spiritual bodies, where moments of crisis often see the crossing of boundaries by the break with norms and presumed orders, to interface with the ephemeral matter of art and existence. In an ongoing "Poetics of Relations," they move in an encounter with the other. They examine threshold stages characterised by instability and a confrontation with time, memory, communication and the fragility of the individual and the collective within social and environmental spheres. In an artistic journey from the inner onto the outside, the spiritual onto the physical, and the invisible onto the visible, they apply trust in change, endurance, union, pain sublimation and risk-taking with a poetic bodily approach to art practice and a focus on universal human experiences. They are devoted to a poetic approach in experimental, personal filmmaking based on performance art in extreme natural and urban environments, questioning the perception of reality and relationship, and how we process and store information. For VestAndPage, film can delude space-time, open the unconscious as a creative vessel, and reveal processes and relations by linking apparently disconnected persons, things and happenings.