A FIRE IN MY BRAIN THAT SEPARATES US

By Benjamin RAMÍREZ PÉREZ

ACADEMY OF MEDIA ARTS (KÖLN, GERMANY) - as DISTR / PROD

unknown - Completed 2015

Benjamin Ramírez Pérez fashions a strange and subdued ritualistic choreography in this performative video possessed by a hazy atmosphere of claustrophobia, hallucination, and seduction that forensically explores a colour saturated apartment where the ghostly signifiers of film noir haunt the space.

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Toronto - TIFF 2015
Wavelengths
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • unknown
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • No dialog, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 17 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Benjamin RAMÍREZ PÉREZ
    • Writer(s)
    • Benjamin RAMÍREZ PÉREZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Ute DILGER (ACADEMY OF MEDIA ARTS (KÖLN, GERMANY))
    • Synopsis
    • In an initially deserted room objects slowly begin to move; they are manipulated from the off-screen space, being pulled and dragged by strings, cables or the carpet. Thus a “ghostly” choreography emerges, with the objects taking on a life of their own, vanishing and reappearing. The control of these processes from the off-screen is made visible, by showing the strings attached to the objects as well as parts of the acting persons on the edge of the frame or from behind. On the textual level this is accompanied by superimposed subtitles, which consist of a collage of existing film dialogue: Lines from the sub-genre of “gaslighting” films are combined, taking the eponymous Gaslight (1944) as a starting point. Thus a text assemblage on claustrophobia, dislocation, hallucination, insanity, seduction and betrayal unfolds. At the same time the ambient lighting of the room gradually becomes increasingly colored, reaching an almost excessive saturation point as off- and on-screen space become reversed and muffled pop music penetrates the room. A kind of karaoke video comes into being with the music - like many elements of the film - taking on the notion of a copy of something vaguely familiar.
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