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Das Resort (2022). A Film by Mathias Kessler

 

The short film "Das Resort", directed by our Fellow Mathias Kessler was made under the impressions of the first Covid-19 lockdown. Adapted from a script by screenwriter Ron Kanecke and translated into German by Chiara Juriatti, the film tells of the nameless narrator's search for his father in a world where humans have been silenced by a virus. Against the backdrop of an unspecified mountain village, a narrative unfolds away from linear time, along memories of childhood, the father, and the world before and after catastrophe. Sweeping and striking landscape shots of lonely mountain huts, snow-covered ski slopes, and abandoned mountain villages reveal a ghostly, dystopian emptiness that emphasizes the absence of man. Kessler's award-winning film invites reflections on man's inescapable impact on nature and the state of a society in which technical progress becomes an end in itself. His theses are forceful: the idea of a return to a pristine nature through human withdrawal is naïve. Human activity has already left its traces in such an all-encompassing way that even the most abandoned places are marked by them. Finally, our social development towards more and more technological progress blocks the view of what would actually be necessary for human and non-human well-being. A trailer for the film is shown here.

"Das Resort" has been nominated for and won awards many times since its release. For example, the film was selected for the Seattle Film Festival (Sept. 30, 2022), The IndieFEST Film Awards (Nov. 01, 2022) and for the Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival (Oct. 01, 2023). Semi-finalist at the Berlin Shorts Awards (Oct. 21, 2022) and finalist for NewFilmmakers NY (Jan. 04, 2023), the film won awards at the Phoenix Shorts (Oct. 28, 2022) and the Independent Shorts Awards, LA (Nov. 12, 2022).

We are happy to report that one of the first screenings of this impressive film could take place at the Planetary Hub! The film will also be shown at other screenings such as on Dec. 10 from 8:00 p.m. as part of a Finissage by Twenty Magazine with films by Rosa Aiello, Rachel Ashton and Mathias Kessler at Cittipunkt Berlin.

More information about "Das Resort" and further works by Mathias Kessler can be found here.

 

May 2022 - Contributions by Clemens Finkelstein to SICK ARCHITECTURE

 

“Concerns of human and planetary health have always been closely entangled, growing increasingly closer at a moment when public discussions shift focus to lament the Earth’s transformation from a biosphere (a sphere of life) to a thanatosphere (a sphere of death). Yet, instead of evolving towards equilibrium—as entangled objects do according to current physical theories of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics—their relationship has unraveled into sustained disequilibrium. Planetary infirmity is materialized through significant climatic shifts, excessive anthropogenic vibrations, the resultant corruption of its biospheric system, as well as the redistribution of its mass and axis through glacial melting.”

–Clemens Finkelstein, "Planetary Disequilibrium”

 

Planetary Scholar and current Fellow of the Planetary Scholars and Artists in Residence Program Clemens Finkelstein recently contributed the essay “Planetary Disequilibrium”, the inter-active exhibit “sick world building syndrome”, and the eponymous lecture to SICK ARCHITECTURE, a collaboration between Beatriz Colomina, e-flux Architecture, CIVA Brussels, and Princeton University. The exhibition at CIVA Brussels was open from May 6 to August 28, 2022.

Clemens Finkelstein during his SICK ARCHITECTURE lecture on sick world building syndrome on Mai 6, 2022 © Finkelstein-Moreno