"the chosen"

2D hand-drawn animation film, 2010, 2'21''

THE CHOSEN is a story about the lack of solidarity within a competitive struggle for survival that reinterprets the biblical narrative of Noah's Arch. While all animals attempt to rescue their lives running to the arch it is only the strong and fortunate of creatures that will reach the saving ship. Despite its humorist character the film deals with the question of justice and legitimacy deploying a vulgarized interpretation of Charles Darwin's biological-evolutionary theory of the survival of the fittest, as so often exemplified by societal relations in various tragic events throughout history.

 
"zenith"

2D hand-drawn animation film, 2009, 3'42''

In her aspiration to catch the sun a woman, born by and connected to a tree, attempts anything to reach her goal. Will she be successful? "Zenith" is a film about rooted identities leaving their homes in search for the "other" and making their journeys to their desired unknown. 

 
"wechselstrom"

2D hand-drawn animation film, 2008, 3'10''

surreal meditation about the sythesis and interaction between people and machines, "Wechselstrom" (engl. alternating current) explores the human relation to technology by depicting the repetitive, compulsive actions of transhumans. 

 
"lucia"

2D hand-drawn animation film, 2006, 3'28''

Lucia lives on an idyllic mountain. To visit the grandmother in her house on the hill opposite she must pass through the city. Terrible dangers lurk here at every corner and as she finally rings at the grandmother's door for Lucia the world has changed. A film about fears and dangers and their influence on the formation or transformation of identity.  

 
"stations"

2D digital animation film, collage, 2010, 6'26''

STATIONS is an abstract and experimental adaptation and interpretation of Christ’s Way of the Cross. Divided into 14 chapters it makes allusions to the 14 stations of Christ’s Passion. Each sequence is introduced by a passage extracted from the biblical narration and depicted by animals suffering their individual fates in an abstracted manner. Farm animals, economically useful, represent in their symbolism themes of exploitation and alienation, calling our attention to a more responsible human use of our envirionmental resources and raising questions of our fragility and finity as masters of our self-created worlds. Beyond its theological and teleological implications the film invites each viewer to extent the human issue of sufferance to the world surrounding them in order to find their own position in it.

 

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