The new media section comprises avant garde and experimental film and video works from artists and filmmakers in the Caribbean and diaspora. These are the works in competition for best new media work at ttff/20:
Centella (Firefly), by Claudia Claremi
Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’, by Adam Patterson
Murciélago (Bat), by Claudia Claremi
The Whole World is Turning, by Adam Patterson
by Claudia Claremi/ 2019/Cuba/ 17 minutes
In Cuba the flight of fireflies, in the night, is said to be like a meeting of miniature spectres, weakened fires or wandering souls. Isabel invokes them and triggers the dance.
Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’
by Adam Patterson/ 2018/Barbados, Netherlands/ 16 minutes
A performative video work in search of Isaac Julien’s “Looking for Langston” (1989). A captain dreams of setting sail, in search of a mysterious, intangible, comforting vision that rests at the edge of the horizon. An exploration of desire and distance, pleasure and disappointment, secrets and surprise, “Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’” is a cruise of poetic correspondence, queering sailors and transgressing horizons.
by Claudia Claremi/ 2018/ Cuba/ 12 minutes
A sensory essay told through body and sound. A composition made from the trance and the vibration of macroscopic figures seen at a millimetric distance from the skin of eight people in Cuba. Inside a black hole, rapid movements fill the void. Macroscopic corporal landscapes follow one after the other to percussion in crescendo. White skin pulsates serenely and black skin wiggles, showing a face. Bright discharges explode in the air. In a slow, swaying trance, a shining eyelid reveals and then hides a liquid eye. The swelling and contracting skin of an abdomen makes deep sounds to an unrelenting beat.
The Whole World is Turning
by Adam Patterson/ 2019/ Netherlands/ 21 minutes
A group of lovers is visited by a familiar guest. They remark on how this guest has turned, how they have turned and how the whole world keeps turning. How will they receive this turn of events?
Image: still from ‘Murciélago‘ by Claudia Claremi