Pia Bolognesi and Giulio Bursi, 2020
(DCP, col, sound, 17’)
Cinematography, Sound: Atelier Impopulaire
Editing: Isiah Medina
Voice-over: Nina Katchadourian and Ben Lerner
Artworks: Thomas Demand, Alexander Kluge, Anne Viebrock, Angelo Morbelli
Venice additional crew: RICREA
Texts: Ben Lerner, The Snow of Venice. Slow Sonnets for Alexander Kluge / Quentin Meillassoux, After the Finitude. An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency / Quentin Meillassoux, Armen Avanessian & Enemies #3: Gespräch mit Quentin Meillassoux
Film and Video Footage: Alexander Kluge Archive, Kairos Film, dctp.tv - Courtesy of the artist, all rights reserved / Some waves excerpts: Elena Wittman, Drift (2017) - Courtesy of the artist, all rights reserved
Titles: Modern Standard
Produced by: Alexander Kluge and Kairos Film with Atelier Impopulaire
Thanks to: Fondazione Prada Venice (Palazzo Ca’ Corner della Regina), Gianandrea Sasso and Luca Chinaglia, Sina Najafi, Barbara Barnak and dctp.tv team
Atelier Impopulaire and Kairos Film, 2020 - All rights reserved
An old building in Venice hosts an exhibition. A visitor walks through empty rooms discovering a fictionalized architectural space that functions like an abandoned theatre set. While a city that is slowly drowning floods you with its obsessive presence on and off-screen, imagination can’t exceed reality. Inspired by Alexander Kluge’s oeuvre and his constellation of film and video works, the metanarrative framework of this exploration attempts to de-construct the subjective experience and liberate the cinematic energy from the horror vacui of the display.
We met Alexander Kluge in 2015, when he invited us to re-elaborate his monumental News from Ideological Antiquity in the form of a brief ciné-tract for our series Uncanny.
In 2017 his Kairos Film commissioned us a “creative documentation” of the exhibition The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied, held at Venice’s Fondazione Prada.
We were interested in filming things that resist the camera and in filming them, we were interested in showing how the rhetorics of an exhibition worked.
The Leaks of Venice is also a film about the impossibility of representing that type of experience - a dialogue between artworks, sound, image and space, where both the spectator and the author are absent.
World Premiere International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020