Uncertain geographies (2015)

Uncertain geographies tells the story of a landscape that is stored somewhere in the sediments of memory. Two actors are trying to materialize its exact character both verbally and visually, although the landscape they are trying to recapture is in impassable terrain. For the visual part, they use the available technology of digital geo-mapping to explore or (re-)appropriate the geographies of Donbass and Crimea. The film is related to artistic questions about forms of appropriation and withdrawal and expresses a virtual desire to free a landscape from the impact of any determinant or sovereignty. A dance fragment that refers to Le Sacrifice of The Rite of Spring (Igor Stravinsky) breaks with the linguistic part of the film and places the sacrificial dance together with the digital storage space of all memories, in which both dying and remembering become problematic.
(HD Video, 15 min.)

Commissioned by The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015.

Uncertain geographies (imaginary film still)

Uncertain geographies (film still)

Uncertain geographies (film still)

Uncertain geographies (film still)


Environment in the exhibition venue School of Landscape at the Presidium of National Academy of Arts of Ukraine in Kiev (cur. Hedwig Saxenhuber & Georg Schöllhammer):

Kyiv Biennial / School of Landscape
Works by:

Adalbert Boretskiy
Green Mountains, 1940s
(oil on cardboard)

Mykola Glushchenko
Last Snow, 1959
(oil on cardboard)

Sergiy Hryhoriev
On the Dnieper, 1960
(oil on cardboard)

Vasyl Nepyypyvo
Breath of Spring, 1971
(oil on canvas)

Sergiy Ahyshko
Untitled, not dated
(oil on canvas)

Petro Sulymenko
Rocky Coast, 1959
(oil on cardboard)

Ivan Trush
Little Lake, 1904
(oil on canvas)

Elke Marhöfer/ Mikhail Lylov
Shape Shifting, 2014
(16mm film transfered to digital, 18’)

Mikhail Tolmachev
Line of Site, 2015
(photo etchings)

Titre Provisoire (Cathleen Schuster/Marcel Dickhage)
Uncertain Geographies, 2015
(HD video, 15’)

More infos: www.theschoolofkyiv.org


Watch excerpt: Uncertain geographies (Trailer)