by Iris Borovčnik
The conceptual short film HYPER HYPER I-Id. opens debates on neoliberalism, self-management and identity politics. Three protagonists attempt to discover a way together, and within their own space of work/identity. By using trashy materials and overshadowing colours, rhythmic language that shifts between seemingly childish speech and management speech, as well as the ongoing beat of petra und der wolf’s music, the film explores possibilities and difficulties of bringing different struggles together to aim for alliances in a future yet to come. The main idea of this work was to find conceptual and aesthetic ways of telling a story about characters that are the representation of a discourse rather than individuals but still not failing in the tracks of stereotyping. Moving as a person of color / with dis_ability / queer person we have to constantly negotiate ascriptions from the outside as well as from within ourselves and still seem to have a hard time understanding similar problems in identity constructions from outside our “own” discourse. Now, with the enhancement of the individual, neo-liberal times seem to open a space of freedom of expression to be occupied by the (former) outlaws of society. When at the same time this freedom is reflected back on the individual and the individual only, who is struggling between work, life and the conceptualisation of the self. How can we move out of this circle and build structures of understanding surpassing the boundaries of individuals and discourses? The film does not offer any solutions, but shows a longing for togetherness, which then is constantly disrupted.
Iris Borovčnik studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She is part of CLUB Havera and works in the fields of political film and art production. With her work she is searching for ways of bringing critical theory, poetry, conceptual thinking and humour together. www.clubhavera.weebly.com
THE ROAD TO MIDDLE ENGLAND
by John O’Hare and Tom Phipps
The Road To Middle England explores the ideology of social progression from the perspective of someone that is financially insecure and unemployed. The story follows an unnamed job seeker, faced with a mandatory work trial at his local Burger Island fast food outlet in order to continue his entitlement to social welfare. A dystopian nightmare unfolds as humiliation becomes a necessary experience of class progression.
John O’Hare envisions the worker artisan to be navigating a wasteland of discarded appliances and unfashionable ideas as they battle obsolescence by continual self-assessment and reinvention. Recent exhibitions include Florence Centre for Contemporary Art, Water Tower Art Fest, Sofia, and the Royal Art Academy Stockholm. www.freespaceprojects.org
Tom Phipps works as a magazine editor and designer in Bristol. He writes comics and short animated films with a focus on comedy and the surreal. His work has been featured in exhibitions and festivals around the South West of England; most recently at Exeter Animation Festival and Aardman Show and Tell, Bristol.
Working together they have recently participated in screenings at The Bomb Factory, London, CICA Museum, South Korea and Wellington Underground Film Festival.
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