by Guillaume CAILLEAU & Benjamin KRIEG
2008 / 16mm / color / silent / 1S / 3' 00

A timelapse-shot of water. A river, maybe a lake or an ocean, though the steady current implies the former. Superimposed, as it seems, a still photography - once more of flowing water, but now frozen in time, unchanging. Reflecting light glistems on the rippled surface. Alternating swell indicates ships passing by off screen. The sun rises and sets, while the waves curl steadily through the frame, at times almost, but never perfectly matching their photographic blueprint.
THROUGH (a 16mm loop responding to - and shot 'through' - Michael Snow's installation WINDOWED WATER, presented at the 2007 Forum Expanded section of the Berlin International Film Festival) confronts us with simultaneous movement and stillness – both integral coordinates of the cinematic process. By reducing the movement to a single frame, while at the same time speeding it up through time-lapse, THROUGH highlights the close relationship between photography and film, time-based cinema being nothing else than a string of fixed images. In a curious take on still-life, the dissonance of the two layers, the impossibility of congruence between the still and the moving image reflects not only on photography's method of capturing distinct moments in time, but also on the irreproducability of these moments and on the passing of time itself. (Uli Ziemons)


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 18 fps
sound silent
rental fee 33,00 €