Some Exercise in Complex Seeing is Needed

Director: Carola Dertnig
Original title: Some Exercise in Complex Seeing is Need
Country: Austria
Year of release: 2012
Runtime: 3 minutes
Colour: Colour
Language: English
Subtitles: No Subtitle

Producer: Carola Dertnig
Writer: Carola Dertnig
Camera: Katharina Cibulka
Editing: Katharina Cibulka
Sound: Carola Dertnig
Cast: Carola Dertnig

The static footage shows just one thing: a person continuously swimming against the current. Despite swimming at a regular pace, the person stays in place. This image is accompanied by a recitation of a list of the filmmaker’s personal decisions and a description her micro-world, with references to her previous films and curatorial work.

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” we hear the words of American writer and feminist Emma Goldman, who promoted freedom of expression and the need for joy even amidst revolutionary struggle.




Some Exercise in Complex Seeing is Needed


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