17.09. - 04.11.
screening Lindenstrasse 35 Berlin,
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Anni Puolakka and Erika Roux
Vanitas, 2021, 17:38 min


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Single-channel HD video, 17 min 38 sec, 2021
Courtesy the artists and AV-arkki

"Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity." (Eccl. 1:2; 12:8) ‘Vanitas’ portrays four idle characters in the future: a singer, a what-naut, a gamer and an office building. Revolving around the characters’ observations, it wonders about the transient and often meaningless seeming nature of human activity. The video was shot in an empty office building situated in the center of a Dutch city. It uses science-fiction-inspired methods to discuss the relation of human lives to technology and the disappearance or radical redefinition of work, while also exploring broader and timeless matters such as loneliness, alienation and mortality.

Directors: Anni Puolakka, Erika Roux
Cinematographer: Anni Puolakka, Erika Roux
Composer: Miša Skalskis
Editor: Anni Puolakka, Erika Roux
Script: Anni Puolakka, Erika Roux
Actors:Olivia Le Roux, Raluca Croitoru, Teddy Coste
Sound design:, Miša Skalskis
Funded by AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture and Kone Foundation (Funder)