​Filmstill of Frem, Czech Republic, 2019, Viera Čákanyová, © Viera Čákanyová 
16. Jan2023-29. Jan2023Add to Calendar

Field Notes of the Planetary

Exhibitionifa Gallery StuttgartCharlottenplatz 1770173 Stuttgart
15.00 – 18.00 Opening Matinée on 15.01.23, 11.00 – 13.00
​Filmstill of Frem, Czech Republic, 2019, Viera Čákanyová, © Viera Čákanyová 

The video installation 'Field Notes of the Planetary' presents works by Viera Čákanyová, Corinne & Arthur Cantrill, and Lukas Marxt and is curated by Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc and Florian Fischer. Together, the films set up a portal for the exhibition 'In the Skeleton of the Stars' which can be visited at the ifa Gallery as of February 17, 2023.

The selected video works are located at the interface of visual arts and film, circling the planet’s conditions like satellites. They show landscapes in flux, drafted by the influence of people whose existence has become merely a marginal phenomenon. The humanistic perspective on the nature surrounding us is also placed at the disposal: the familiar horizon line of the landscapes is starting to become unstable. The camera turns into a self-sufficient being while spiritual and technological forces join up to open an unusual glance at the planet. Away from traditional narration and linguistic mediation, leaving the borderline between man and machine, profane and apparition, and naturalness and artificiality behind.



Czech Republic / Slovak Republic 2019, 73:00 Min. Director: Viera Čákanyová

Frem is a cinematographic experiment combining real recordings made in the Arctic with natural and strange sounds. With an extreme focus and maximum visibility, the film unfolds a composition of crystal-clear, digital images of a landscape that is disappearing: top shots of Antarctica's white infinity, choreographed tracking shots, flights with interferences and digital effects here and there, also accompanied by breathing, sound distortions, and white noise. Frem is both document and poetic exploration of imaging processes. The film interlaces art and research, reality, and fiction. (Berlinale Forum)

The Second Journey (to Uluru)

Australia, 1982, 75:00 Min. Director: Arthur Cantrill, Corinne Cantrill

The film explores the landscape of the Australian Uluru mountain. His name stems from the idigenous language Pitjantjatjara, also known as Ayers Rock in its English colonial term. The magic of these sacred place unfolds in flirring nuances of light. Arthur and Corinne Cantrill portray this monument of nature, which is millions of years old, in a poetic way through various times of the day and in alternating close-ups and panoramic shots. They decidedly retained the colour changes in the film material, caused by the developing process as they are metaphors for the threats to the landscape.

Imperial Irrigation

Germany, Austria, USA 2020, 20:00 Min. Director: Lukas Marxt

Using unique means – dissonances and distortions of experimental nature, gasping camera walks, a clone-like voice over – Marxt strides across the story of the Salton Sink desert. Once the largest lake in California, abused for military test purposes, it was later deprived of its water in favour of the growing population of San Diego. A dried-out desert of toxic waste of apocalyptic dimensions is all that is left, or in this case: a digitally chopped up testimonial of civilizing stupidity.


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ifa Gallery Stuttgart
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 12.00 – 18.00
Closed on Mondays and holidays.

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ifa Gallery Stuttgart

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.2225.173