We have noticed an interesting trend in this year’s LINOLEUM experimental section submissions – the authors are interested in what’s happening in the real world. Apart from the frequent references to Trump and COVID-19, the artists address different manifestations of capitalism and its impact on society. This selection illustrates and questions our zeitgeist: unjust distribution of power and wealth, globalisation, thirst for spectacle, lack of empathy, cult of efficiency and success. There’s definitely a gap between humanity and capitalism, that’s why the gap between these two words is symbolically emphasized in the title. Can it be filled in?
Running Time 90 min.
United Kingdom | 03:23 | 2019
Water then food. Agriculture then industry. Old then new. Critical then extra. Simple to complex. Concrete to abstract. Dirt to clouds. Real to unreal.
Germany | 14:16 | 2019
The young investor walked through the long corridor of the freeport to the private viewing room. Here they will see each other for the very first time. The portrait of Martin Luther was mounted on the wall. He was looking directly at him. And what's supposed to be just a tangible asset turns into so much more.
Germany, Hong Kong | 09:00 | 2019
This experimental animation approaches Hong Kong’s built environment from the conceptual perspective of celluloid film, by applying the technique of film animation to the photographic image. The city’s signature architecture of horizon-eclipsing housing estates is reimagined as parallel rows of film strips: Serial Parallels.
Switzerland | 07:03 | 2019
During a PowerPoint presentation, statistical diagrams are breaking free from the strait-jacket of their coordinates. A trip into the sensual world of statistics begins. Pie charts are melting, arrow diagrams twisting, scatter plots, bar graphs and stock market curves join in a collective climax.
Germany | 02:30 | 2019
anthropocene investigates the effects of global industrial capitalism. The international port city of Hamburg serves as an example of mass consumption, environmental pollution, gentrification and exploitation. Through the sequential animation of satellite images of the city, the extent of human interference in natural ecosystems is radically depicted. Repeated sequences in image and sound symbolize the unstoppability of the global machinery as well as the loss of all individuality in mass production.
Argentina | 05:22 | 2019
Starting from the manual to recreate the cold and rigorous movement of an industrial machinery. An internal tour of the factory. Made with electronic circuit patterns printed on adhesive material.
Japan | 14:30 | 2019
When the state of Georgia proceeds with the court-ordered execution of Ivon Ray Stanley, a correctional officer provides a step-by-step account of his death.
South Korea | 08:22 | 2019
K-Energy, is a video piece featuring a cute, anthropomorphized Bacchus bottle. Bacchus is the name of one Korea’s oldest and most well-known energy drinks. The marketing and advertising around energy drinks mirrors the dominant ideology of capitalist society, which individualized failings of the system and tells us that ‘if you put in a little more effort, all your problems will be solved’. By anthropomorphizing the bacchus bottle as a living breathing character, this work interrogates the the darker side of Korean society which is often considered inevitable and unfixable, such as long working hours, suffocating family relations, and hyper-competitiveness.
Austria | 03:50 | 2019
Beauty webtutorials set standards and serve as social blueprints. CONTOURING is at the same time a documentary about our current beauty ideals and gender roles as well as a humorous statement about everyday craziness. For this animation textile patterns were traced with carbon paper and have been rearranged by mosaic software. The audio collage is composed of sentences by so called influencers.
United States | 07:17 | 2018
A launch of 1.5 million balloons in Cleveland, Ohio 1986 and the 2012 Big Bay Boom in San Diego, California where a 17-minute firework display exploded in less than a minute are the events that inspired Black Hole Son. Part moving painting, part processed video, Black Hole Son is a lucid dream about the desire for spectacle. Turn your volume up.
Germany | 14:50 | 2020
The character of a tennis video game is drifting out of his own game into an out-of-bounds world. Searching for his lost tennis-racket he finds himself in a trip trough a surreal video game world. The short film discovers the arbitrariness of boundaries and rules and deals with the complexity and ambiguity of the modern world. It’s about the challenge to find the own identity and to leave the own inner boundaries behind.