24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The hypnotic wasteland of Southern California is infused with the free-spirited nature of Easy Rider, the alienation and uprootedness of Michelangelo Antonioni, and the deep transcendence of Werner Herzog. It speaks to us through fragments of dialogues from iconic films, and yet it remains elusive and dissolves into abstract shapes, rhythms, and compositions. The landscape as a captivating and intangible, all-encompassing and insubstantial yet full emptiness becomes the means for the transgressive experience of two temporalities – the “real” time of people and the time of natural processes.
„How much further do we have to go? I don't know. Not much further. That's what you said this morning. I sometimes say it all day. Really? You say it all day? We don't have much longer. We'll be there soon.“ L. Marxt
Austrian artist Lukas Marxt (1983) originally studied environmental studies and geography before switching to the visual arts. He graduated from university in Linz and also attended study exchanges in Lisbon, Leipzig, and Cologne. Since 2007, he has travelled to various places around the globe in search of the traces people have left in the landscape, which he transforms into captivating contemplative images.
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|producer:||Lukas Marxt, Filmstiftung NRW|