Pangea United- film screenings with Marcel Schwierin
Agnes Denes, "Wheatfield - A Confrontation: Battery Park Landfill, Downtown Manhattan - The Harvest", 1982
ms², Ogrodowa 19, Audiovisual Room
An event accompanying the exhibition Pangea United
On the Third Planet from the Sun by Pavel Medvedev
Lettres du Voyant by Louis Henderson
Introduction: Marcel Schwierin
On the Third Planet from the Sun directed by Pavel Medvedev (2006, 32 min). This documentary is set in Archangel, Northern Russia, where nuclear tests were held for decades. The local population has now started collecting what is known as "space refuse" from the neighbouring marshes to sell as scrap iron or to use in everyday life. Now pilgrims walk through the bushes and marshes. The beautifully photographed hardships become tangible for the viewer. It is a modern post-apocalyptic story.
Lettres du Voyant directed by Louis Henderson (2013, 40 min). Lettres du Voyant is a documentary-fiction about spiritism and technology in contemporary Ghana that attempts to uncover some truths about a mysterious practice called “Sakawa”– internet scams mixed with voodoo magic. Tracing back the scammers’ stories to the times of Ghanaian independence, the film proposes Sakawa as a form of anti-neocolonial resistance. The film takes the form of a voyage through a network of digitised mine shafts that lead the viewer to each of the film’s locations ; a gold mine, an e-waste dump, a voodoo ritual or a discotheque for example. A character recounts a story through reading a series of letters that he has written to the film’s author– letters that speak about the colonial history of Ghana, of gold, of technology.
Marcel Schwierin was born in 1965 and studied Photography, Film Directing, Film History, Politics and Aesthetics. He is a co-founder of the Werkleitz Biennale and the experimental film database cinovoid. His films include THE IMAGES (experimental found footage, 1994); EWIGE SCHÖNHEIT (about the aesthetic of the films of the Third Reich, 2003). Since 1993, he has worked as a curator for a range of different projects, including for the Werkleitz Biennale, the Goethe Institute, the Max Ophüls Festival, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Transmediale. He was the artistic director of the Werkleitz Festival America 2008 and of Arab Shorts in 2009 and 2010. In 2010-2015 he worked as a curator of films and video on transmediale. From 2015, he has been the artistic director and curator (together with Edit Molnár) at Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art in Oldenburg.
Pavel Medvedev– Russian documentary filmmaker born in 1963 in Orenburg. He graduated in 1990 from the Leningrad State Culture Institute named after Krupskaya in the Department "Cinema/Photo". In 1992 he graduated from the Higher School for TV directors (workshop of Sarukhanov). From 1993 to 2000 he worked as a TV director in St. Petersburg. Since 2000, he has been a film director at the St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio. His documentary From the Third Planet of the Sun won the Grand Prix at Oberhausen Film Festival in 2007. The Unseen won the FIPRESCI award there in 2008.
Louis Henderson – English filmmaker born in 1983 in Norwich. His works investigate connections between colonialism, technology, capitalism and history. Henderson graduated from London College of Communication with a first class BA honours in 2007, from Le Fresnoy– Studio National des Arts Contemporains with a special mention of the jury in 2013, and in 2016 completed a Superior Diploma in Research in Art from the European School of Visual Arts. His research seeks to formulate an archaeological method within film practice reflecting on animistic materialism.
The screening of On the Third Planet from the Sun took place thanks to the courtesy of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and Archive Film.