© Bady Minck

© Bady Minck


by Bady MINCK
2007 / color / sound / 1S / 10' 00

«Being and Nothingness« transforms a piece of music into a visual and examines the role of humans in this performance of sound and light. After a prologue in which composer and conductor Beat Furrer is shown obtaining and arranging a score by Schumann, its performance is the film's actual theme: As the notes pass through the picture, the musicians of the Klangforum Wien ensemble appear and disappear according to their acoustic contribution. The result is a choreography of sound, and the music's transience and vastness is turned into a ballet of bodies which, somewhere between presence and absence, commemorates the instability of being as a dialectic micro-spectacle.
Enjoyment of the music produces optical ghosts which - resembling the heads of musical notes - scurry across the picture, adding rhythm to the composition visually. As the musical texture thins out during the finale, the visual elements become increasingly fragmentary: a twitching at the edge of perception, a nervous optical irritation which partially settles into the subconscious. At the conclusion the conductor, who had previously entered thepandemonium of sounds as a deus ex machina, gratefully accepts the applause in a white cube. A white square on a white background, a complete defusing of the grand story, and the nadir in the production of sound.
Being-in-itself, wrote Sartre, is unchanging, undifferentiated pure being, simply the fullness of being without any sort of negation.
(Thomas Mießgang)
«Being and Nothingness« visualizes a fantastic journey into a musical score. The musicians appear and disappear in the same way as the notes and sounds. Bady Minck has given music a virtual space - and the main scene possibly plays out in the mind of the conductor and composer, who obliterates the musicians by means of a hand gesture... (Martin Pieper)


distribution format 35mm
screen 1,66 - Panoramic (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 33,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 33,00 €