Strange Territories features six short films by German filmmakers Miriam Gossing and Lina Sieckmann. As an artist duo they have made several experimental films on 16mm film, in which urban and private architecture, hyper-staged environment, subcultural individuals and the notion of desire are examined—combining documentary imagery with fiction and found footage. Their works are characterised by the depth of research and contact with communities and individuals, as well as by the clear lines in their approach to architecture and the worlds which shape desire, fear, anxiety, and alienation.
Films in this program include:
Souvenir (21 mins.)
A bewitching exploration of the totemic power of the souvenirs seafarers brought home for their partners, following long stretches sailing to the furthest reaches of the Earth.
China Light (3 mins.)
Filmed at a re-staging of traditional Chinese Light Festivals in the Zoological Gardens of Cologne, ghosts of animals, animated lifeforms and artificial plants arise and drone to the ambient and otherworldly sounds of experimental noise musician GUAN.
Edifice (3 mins.)
EDIFICE merges original material shot on a 16mm-Bolex during a cross country trip through the US with blurred-out images from “Thelma and Louise”. Gossing / Sieckmann re-enacted, performed and transformed scenes of the iconic movie, giving an alternate ending to the music of HUYGHEND (Simon Waskow and Tilman Singer).
Desert Miracles (13 mins.)
Across 22 different tableaus, the film meditates upon the interiors of Nevada’s wedding chapels. A female Off-Voice is reading out an ambiguous letter to an unknown lover, which is based on anonymous posts by different women in online wedding forums. One fictional female character is composed out of many assembled perspectives on desire, relationships and social expectation.
One Hour Real (12 mins.)
In its unbiased observation of the coulisse and automated mechanisms used in real-life escape games, the film raises questions about surveillance, the human yearning to play, and the relation between imprisonment and desire.
Sunday, Buescherhoefchen 2 (13 mins.)
The inside of a suburban german family home reveals an aesthetic living environment, where everyday life is staged within an exotic scenery of individual fantasies. Domestic automation happens parallel to the residents’ daily routine and grants the place a life of its own.
Co-Presented with the Portland State University School of Film