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|Originaltitel:||Station to Station|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 67 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
One train, 4,000 miles through America, 24 days, stopping at ten different stations. This is the starting point for a very special project by multimedia artist Doug Aitken. That may not sound spectacular in itself. But if you populate the train with other artists and organize very special happenings at the individual stations and finally make 62 short films of 1 minute each, the whole thing becomes a very special video artwork that can now be enjoyed where it belongs: in the cinema! "Station to Station" offers a very special visual experience on two levels. On the one hand, the whole thing is obviously an art project with an artificial character. On the other hand, this unusual journey through parts of the USA offers a very original, honest view of the country and the people.
At the same time, the film with its 62 contributions makes clear how differently viewers can feel the length of a minute. So there are chapters that offer such fascinating images or stirring music performances that the 60 seconds fly by. And then there are also some somewhat bulkier short films, which feel much longer than just 1 minute. Surely, these clips also have their charm and contribute to the interesting and stirring overall impression. Nevertheless, the different quality - which of course is always in the eye of the viewer - is clearly noticeable by the varying perception of time.
In addition to quite normal people and artists who are probably only known to true connoisseurs of the American art scene, well-known artists such as Beck, composer and producer Giorgio Moroder, singer Jackson Browne or singer-songwriter Cat Power also pay tribute to a wider audience in the film. And international artists such as the Swiss Urs Fischer, the German conceptual artist Christian Jankowski or the Brazilian Ernesto Neto also ensure that this experimental film has become such a colourful kaleidoscope for eyes and ears.
You have to be able to get absolutely involved with this film. There are no narratives and hardly any coherent elements. Rather, the viewer is offered a collage of short clips that make this very unusual road trip through the USA a very special experience for the senses. For art lovers the perfect complement to a visit to the great Doug Aitken exhibition, which can be seen until 27.09.2015 at SCHIRN in Frankfurt. Anyone expecting a documentary in the classical sense, on the other hand, will certainly be overwhelmed with this video work of art. Worth seeing
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