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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition

ESIOD 2015

Directed by: 
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Friday, March 31, 2017 - 20:30
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 18:30
Written by: 
Clemens von Wedemeyer
Stephanie Cumming, Sven Dolinski
Frank Meyer
Janina Herhoffer
Herbert Verdino
Birke J. Bertelsmeier, Ryoji Ikeda
Florian Brüning, Thomas Herberth
Horse & Fruits Filmproduktion
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

Set in the near-future of a dystopian metropolis, ESIOD 2015 is a lyrical envisioning of an impending financial singularity, where a centralized commodification has monetized everything, from urban spaces, social structures to ultimately, our collective memory. Greeted by the quiet sterility of modern architecture and disembodied voices, the film’s protagonist enters the city’s downtown sprawl with wide-eyed wonder. Passing through this socially-hostile urban babylon and its ghettoizing checkpoints, she reaches her destination: the banking headquarters of society’s stored data, finances and memories. Inside, as the institution’s virtual manager guides her access to the account, body turns performative and shared memory and history dissolve in virtual pointilism. Beneath her expressive emotions lies a deeper secret, hidden away from the singularity’s algorithms - an intended subversion meant to bring about the revolution from within. (Andrei Tănăsescu, BIEFF 2017)

Clemens von Wedemeyer

Clemens von Wedemeyer was born in Göttingen in 1974. He lives and works in Berlin and Leipzig, where he has been a professor of Media Art at the Academy of Visual Arts since 2013. Von Wedemeyer first studied Photography and Media Art in Bielefeld and then Art in Leipzig as a master student of Astrid Klein until 2005. In addition to participating in various film festivals, such as the Moscow Biennale (2005), the Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 (2007) or dOCUMENTA 13 (2012) in Kassel, he has been honoured with several significant solo exhibitions, for example: at PS1 MoMA, New York (2006), the Barbican Centre London (2009), MAXXI, Museo nationale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome (2013), MCA Chicago (2015) and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2016).

Festivals, awards: 
  • Berlin International Film Festival - Forum Expanded 2016
  • Videonale 16, Bonn
  • European Media Art Festival - Osnabrück
Curatorial comment:
Vienna 2051. After many years, a customer comes back to the city to close her bank account. Not only data about money, but also memories and other personal data are digitally stored in this account. The customer is not recognized by the computer system. She has to undergo a memory check, during which they observe how she reacts to data, videos, and images from the account. She is looking for a way to access the virtual safe in order to travel back in time and to send a message to our present.
In ESIOD 2015, Clemens von Wedemeyer creates a layer of dystopian science fiction, projecting the current financial crisis and the virtualization of work, life, and capital in the architecture of the First Campus – a construction project of the Austrian Erste Bank – into the not all too distant future. His protagonist gets visibly lost in the border zone between real and virtual space, and the film itself continues to disintegrate into a cloud of pixels, becoming transparent. (Forum Expanded, Berlin International Film Festival 2016)