by Deborah STRATMAN
2023 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 50' 00

Evolution and extinction, considered from the point of view of minerals and various future alterities. The geo-biosphere is presented here as a place of potential for evolution, where life will endure after the disappearance of humans.

"At a time when humans are increasingly seeing the outlines of their extinction, American artist Deborah Stratman's new film relies on the invigorating idea that there is, in the stone, another evolutionary story to hold on to. By interweaving two voice-overs of a scientific and fictional nature, LAST THINGS invents a chimera that is part cosmogony, part cosmology. On the one hand, geologist Marcia Bjørnerud conceives of each stone as a small world with a history beyond us, which we must learn to read if we are to become sensitive to the multitude of temporalities parallel to our existences. On the other, French filmmaker Valérie Massadian narrates, in a voice that seems to emerge from the depths of time, a story inspired by two short stories by J.-H. Rosny – a pseudonym shared by the two Boex brothers who, at the end of the nineteenth century, imagined extraterrestrials of a sometimes mineral, sometimes geometric nature. Set against images that are constantly shifting between different orders of magnitude – from the representation of stones to lunar landscapes, from the ocean floor to infinite space, in a loving collage of forms that embraces the principle of life expounded in the very first sentence, borrowed from Clarice Lispector: 'All the world began with a yes' –, these voices seem suspended in an intermediate state, searching for a past or future body, opposing the catastrophe in progress with a space in which to establish new relationships between signs, and give free rein to a profuse, agile thought like a dancer on the pavement." – Antoine Thirion


distribution format 35mm
notes Unsubtitled print
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
original language English & French
rental fee 350,00 €