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  • THE REMEMBERING MOVEMENT
  • LOVE - A MEMORY SCULPTURE
  • FOREVER
  • DETERNITY
  • THINKING NIETZSCHE
  • READING THROUGH THE BODY
  • THINKING WITH THE HANDS
  • SCIENCE AND LOVE

  • THE REMEMBERING MOVEMENT

    The Remembering Movement (Still) - by Mersolis Schöne with Marion Steinfellner and Michael Fischer

    Synopsis: What is the silent moment between thoughts, glances, and memories? "The Remembering Movement" thinks poetically about this moment. This film depicts an experimental and poetic film triptych: "Thinking-Chant", "Gaze-Frame", and "Light-Texture" based on the poem "Since Then" by Marion Steinfellner and Mersolis Schöne.

    Synopsis in German: Was ist der stille Moment zwischen den Gedanken, Augenblicken und Erinnerungen? „Die erinnernde Bewegung“ denkt poetisch über diesen Moment nach. Ein experimentell-poetisches Filmtriptychon: „Denk-Gesang“, „Blick-Grenze“ und „Licht-Gewebe“ auf Grundlage des Gedichtes „Inzwischen“ von Marion Steinfellner und Mersolis Schöne.

    Title: The Remembering Movement
    Original Title: Die erinnernde Bewegung
    Completion Date: July, 2020
    Country of Origin/Filming: Austria
    Film, Direction, Skript, Poem, Voice: Mersolis Schöne
    Painting, Poems, Voice: Marion Steinfellner
    Sound and Composition: Michael Fischer
    Film Type: Video Art, Experimental, Short, Film Triptych
    Film Language: German and English
    Original Format: 4K, DCP
    Running Time: 8 minutes 45 seconds
    Producer: Mersolis Schöne

    Trailer: Vimeo
    Poster and Stills: Flickr, html, folder, and zip-file
    Interview with Marion Steinfellner: Vimeo, Flickr, html, and
    folder

    "The Remembering Movement" © Copyright 2020 MOVING THOUGHT


    LOVE - A MEMORY SCULPTURE

    Love - A Memory Sculpture (Still) - by Mersolis Schöne with Katharina Klement and Apollina Smaragd

    Synopsis: Moments of a memory. Abstract traces and noisy audible tissue. Fuzzy symbols of dreams pass by. Overlapping spheres of dialogues. Jumping details of resistance. Fluid moments of realignment and vibrant togetherness of clarity. The chirping of crickets, rain, and cowbell sounds grow more compressed and freeze. Somebody speaks in a fragmentized way. The former movement exists as a trace of memory now. The film summarizes the results of an artistic-philosophical experiment in India - on the subject of love.

    Background: "Love - A Memory Sculpture" is a film-based philosophical research project which was created during an arts-based-philosophy residency in south India, provided by baseCollective (led by Susanne Valerie Granzer and Arno Böhler).

    As a result of a 3 month residency at the Adishakti Center for Arts Research the film was part of the field performance "LOVE MATTERS... in which a transdisciplinary group of artists and philosophers from India and Europe research love on stage. They struggle together to de-construct stereotypical patterns of love for the sake of a multi-perspective view on an ambivalent phenomenon that touches us all." (performance announcement.)

    After leaving India the pianist and composer Katharina Klement, the art historian and the voice of the film Apollina Smaragd, along with Mersolis Schöne who developed the film concept and drawings worked on the film further. This was done while following the residences concept of a multi-perspective view on love. In this context - keeping in mind that i.e. Alain Badiou thought about film as a "philosophical experiment" - the team followed the impulse while working on the concepts of love in which film is a medium of philosophy.

    "Love - A Memory Sculpture" as a stand-alone experimental short film is the result of this intense intercultural and transdiciplinary process related to the topic of love.

    Title: Love - A Memory Sculpture
    Original Title: Liebe - Eine Gedächtnisskulptur
    Completion Date: August, 2019
    Country of Origin/Filming: Austria/India
    Film and Drawings: Mersolis Schöne
    Sound and Composition: Katharina Klement
    Voice: Apollina Smaragd
    Film Type: Video Art, Experimental, Short
    Film Language: English
    Original Format: 4K, DCP
    Running Time: 3 minutes 52 seconds
    Special Thanks: baseCollective
    Producer: Mersolis Schöne

    Trailer: Vimeo
    Poster and Stills: Flickr, html, folder, and zip-file
    IMDb: IMDb

    "Love - A Memory Sculpture" © Copyright 2019 MOVING THOUGHT


    FOREVER

    Forever (Still) - by Mersolis Schöne

    Synopsis: As an archive in constant change, walls surround us. As on skin, traces of urban life are shown on them. Out of the corners of our eyes, scratches, nicks, shapes, letters and words are absorbed by us in passing moments. This is an attempt to escape the temporal dimension of our being - "Friends Forever" - and anchor in the exuberance of feelings - "Love". They reveal our longing for continuity, visibility and the expression of becoming. The past is reflected in these skins of the city. Today’s manifestations of eternity will be nothing more than tomorrow’s background for future messages: constant change and eternity at the same time - being preserved in change. The shooting was made in 2019 in Thanjavur, a city in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

    Synopsis in German: Als Archiv im ständigen Wandel umgeben uns Wände. Wie auf einer Haut zeichnen sich auf ihnen Spuren des städtischen Lebens ab. Sie prägen Augenblicke im Vorbeigehen: Kratzer, Kerben, Formen, Buchstaben, Worte. Versuche, der zeitlichen Dimension unseres Seins zu entkommen - "Friends Forever" - und im Überschwang der Gefühle einen Anker zu setzen - "Love". Sie geben unsere Sehnsüchte nach Kontinuität, Sichtbarkeit und nach dem Ausdruck des Werdens preis. Die Vergangenheit zeichnet sich auf diesen Häuten der Stadt ab. Was sich heute dort für die Ewigkeit als Botschaft manifestiert, ist morgen der Hintergrund zukünftiger Botschaften: Ständige Änderung und Ewigkeit zugleich - Bewahren im Wandel. Die Aufnahmen wurden 2019 in Thanjavur, einer Stadt im südindischen Bundesstaat Tamil Nadu, angefertigt.

    Title: Forever
    Completion Date: April, 2019
    Country of Origin: Austria
    Country of Filming: India
    Direction: Mersolis Schöne
    Film Type: Video Art, Documentary, Experimental, Short
    Film Language: English
    Original Format: 4K, DCP
    Running Time: 25 seconds
    Special Thanks: baseCollective
    Producer: Mersolis Schöne

    Trailer: Vimeo
    Poster and Stills: Flickr, html, folder, and zip-file
    IMDb: IMDb

    "Forever" © Copyright 2019 MOVING THOUGHT


    DETERNITY

    Deternity (Still) with James Delaney - by Evi Jägle and Mersolis Schöne

    Synopsis: "Hey you! Watch out! What does the deep midnight say?" "Deternity" is an experimental poetic short film exploring Friedrich Nietzsche's poem "Once More" (also called "The Drunken Song" from the book "Thus Spoke Zarathustra"). By using a combination of performance and projection techniques, the film depicts a protagonist being confronted with his own psychological dilemmas in a scene dominated by alternating light and shadows.

    Title: Deternity
    Completion Date: May, 2018
    Country of Origin: Austria
    Direction: Evi Jägle and Mersolis Schöne
    Film Type: Experimental, Short
    Cast: James Delaney
    Film Language: English
    Original Format: Digital, 4K, Color
    Screening Format: Digital, 4K, Color, DCP
    Running Time: 2 minutes 45 seconds
    Producer: Mersolis Schöne

    Trailer: Vimeo
    Poster and Stills: Flickr, html, folder, and zip-file
    IMDb: IMDb
    Streaming: Amazon Prime Video

    "Deternity" © Copyright 2018 MOVING THOUGHT


    THINKING NIETZSCHE

    THINKING NIETZSCHE - NIETZSCHE DENKEN (Still) with Prof. Babette Babich - by Mersolis Schöne with Joel Szonn

    Short Synopsis: "How authentically do you live?" – Friedrich Nietzsche’s texts push us into rethinking our lives. Confronted with "a supermarket of ideas", each time we read "ends with an orgasm of insight". Will his texts go on to change our lives, identities, the world? This essayistic documentary film transcends the confines between academia, art and everyday life. "THINKING NIETZSCHE" shows how Nietzsche transforms.

    Synopsis: "THINKING NIETZSCHE" is an essayistic documentary featuring interviews and performances based on Nietzsche's book "Human, All Too Human" which leads the viewer to extraordinary places of thinking. In a Japanese garden in Vienna it becomes clear how "on long, forbidden paths and routes the unseeable in our world will suddenly be seen." Then, in Sils Maria - where Nietzsche formed his thoughts - in the alpine scenery and the Nietzsche-House his texts and positions of the contemporary Nietzsche research connect. Back in Vienna one is encouraged to interpret Nietzsche from a Freudian perspective. And in the art studio it becomes apparent that one can ally oneself artistically with Nietzsche. These European perspectives are supplemented with a performative commentary from New York City.

    The main cast of the documentary film includes experts like:

  • Prof. Dr. Babette Babich, Fordham University, New York City
  • Assoc.Prof. Dr. Arno Böhler, University of Vienna
  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Heit, Director of the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth von Samsonow, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna


  • Short Synopsis in German: „NIETZSCHE DENKEN“ erzählt, wie sich Lese- und Lebenswelten miteinander verweben und gibt einen einzigartigen Einblick in das breite Spektrum der zeitgenössischen, kreativen Nietzscheforschung rund um das Werk „Menschliches, Allzumenschliches“.

    Synopsis in German: „Wie wahrhaftig lebst du eigentlich?“ – Friedrich Nietzsches Texte bringen uns dazu, unser Leben neu zu überdenken. Wenn Nietzsche gelesen wird, entstehen „Revolutionen in der Küche“, „Bilder im Kopf“ und sogar „Orgasmen der Erkenntnis“. Auf der Spur dieser Eindrücke folgt „NIETZSCHE DENKEN“ ganz unterschiedlichen Lese- und Lebenswelten, in denen Nietzsches Philosophie Anklang findet. Ausgehend von Nietzsches Buch „Menschliches, Allzumenschliches“ führen Interviews, Leseeinheiten und performative Beiträge den Zuschauer an außergewöhnliche Orte des Denkens: In einem japanischen Garten in Wien wird darüber gesprochen, wie „auf langen, verbotenen Wegen und Wanderungen das Unsichtbare unserer Welt plötzlich sichtbar gemacht werden kann“. Sodann geht es nach Sils Maria, einem Schaffensort Nietzsches. Auf einer Bergbühne, im Nietzsche-Haus und in der alpinen Natur verbinden sich Nietzsches Texte mit Positionen der zeitgenössischen Nietzscheforschung. Zurück in Wien versteht man Nietzsches Text als einen, der uns „mit Freud in eine Analyse schickt“. Und im Kunstatelier wird offenbar, dass man sich mit Nietzsche künstlerisch verbünden kann. Ergänzt werden diese europäischen Perspektiven mit einem performativen Kommentar aus New York City.

    Im Dokumentarfilm werden unter anderem folgende Expertinnen und Experten interviewt:

  • Prof. Dr. Babette Babich, Fordham University, New York City
  • Assoc.Prof. Dr. Arno Böhler, Universität Wien
  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Heit, Leiter des Kollegs Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth von Samsonow, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien


  • Title: THINKING NIETZSCHE
    Original Title: NIETZSCHE DENKEN
    Completion Date: February, 2018
    Country of Origin: Austria
    Country of Filming: AT, CH, USA
    Director: Mersolis Schöne
    Assistant Director: Joel Szonn
    Cinematograph and Editor: Mersolis Schöne
    Interviews: Mersolis Schöne and Joel Szonn
    Writer: Mersolis Schöne, Friedrich Nietzsche
    Cast: Babette Babich, Arno Böhler, Helmut Heit, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Beate Himmelstoß, René Tichy, Matthias Vieider, James Delaney, Anna Wimmer
    Music: James Delaney, Friedrich Nietzsche
    Female Voice: Sabine Koch
    Male Voice: Christian Schreibmüller
    Makeup Artist: Sabine Koch
    Film Type: Documentary
    Film Language: German, English
    Screening Format: 4K, DCP
    Running Time: 96 minutes
    Special Thanks: Philosophy on Stage, Nietzsche-Lektüretage, Nietzsche Colloquium Berlin, Stiftung Nietzsche-Haus in Sils Maria, City Vienna, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Peter Villwock, Stefan Riedl, Hannah Große Wiesmann
    Producer: Mersolis Schöne

    Trailer: Vimeo
    Poster and Stills: Flickr, html, folder, and zip-file
    IMDb: IMDb
    Institute of Documentary Film: dokweb.net

    "THINKING NIETZSCHE" © Copyright 2018 MOVING THOUGHT


    READING THROUGH THE BODY

    Reading Through the Body (Still) - by Mersolis Schöne with Christan Venosa and Emanuel Megersa

    Synopsis: What happens if a philosophical text is mirrored in the world of sign language? What happens if thoughts and signs are translated into moving pictures? "Reading Through the Body" is a short ethnographic documentary showing how a woman who is deaf tries to comprehend and embody a text by Friedrich Nietzsche in an experimental setting.

    "An accomplished sign language interpreter attempting the impossible becomes a mesmerising piece of performance art, in a film which reminds us that words are not necessary for a profound cinematic experience." FilmBath Festival, UK

    Title: Reading Through the Body
    Original Title: Körpersprache
    Completion Date: May, 2016
    Country of Origin: Austria
    Author and Director: Mersolis Schöne
    Reader and Performer: Lena Schramek
    Camera, Cut, Sound Design: Christan Venosa
    Assistant Director, Support, Camera Assistant: Emanuel Megersa
    Production Assistant, Interviewer: Ronja Thum
    Interpreter for Austrian Sign Language: Hanna Boesch
    Film Type: Documentary, Short
    Film Language: German / English
    Original Format: HD, DCP
    Running Time: 7 minutes 42 seconds
    Special Thanks: Ethnocineca Vienna
    Presented by: Moving Thought

    Trailer: Vimeo
    Poster and Stills: Flickr, html, folder, and zip-file
    IMDb: IMDb
    Streaming: Alexander Street Press

    "Reading Through the Body" © Copyright 2016 MOVING THOUGHT


    THINKING WITH THE HANDS

    Thinking with the Hands (Still) - by Mersolis Schöne with Laurentiu Constantin and Tim Seck

    Synopsis: What role does physicality play in science? "Thinking with the Hands" is a short ethnographic documentary dedicated to the involvement of physicality in scientific knowledge production. We almost invariably picture knowledge generation as an eminently cerebral, cognitive work process where the body is all but irrelevant. In contrast, this film investigates the role played by hands in daily laboratory work routine.

    Title: Thinking with the Hands
    Original Title: Das denkende Tun der Hände
    Completion Date: May, 2015
    Country of Origin: Austria
    Direction: Mersolis Schöne
    Assistant Director: Laurentiu Constantin, Tim Seck
    Film Type: Documentary, Short
    Film Language: German / English
    Original Format: 4K, DCP
    Running Time: 9 minutes 28 seconds
    Special Thanks: Ethnocineca Vienna
    Presented by: Moving Thought

    Trailer: Vimeo
    Poster and Stills: Flickr, html, folder, and zip-file
    IMDb: IMDb

    "Thinking with the Hands" © Copyright 2015 MOVING THOUGHT


    SCIENCE AND LOVE

    Science and Love - Wissenschaft und Liebe (Still) - by Mersolis Schöne

    Synopsis: Bridging the gap between science and love, this film essay takes viewers on a journey of discovery through the public spaces of the University of Vienna to explore the connection between reason and emotion - between science and love. Within this philosophical experiment, contrasting images arise: a monument to rationality and a beating heart; a love letter and a technical definition of love.

    Title: Science and Love
    Original Title: Wissenschaft und Liebe
    Completion Date: October, 2014
    Country of Origin: Austria
    Direction: Mersolis Schöne
    Voices: Linda Erker, Jürgen Stowasser
    Film Type: Philosophical Film Essay
    Film Language: German / English
    Original Format: 4K, DCP
    Running Time: 9 minutes 39 seconds
    Special Thanks: Herbert Posch
    Presented by: Moving Thought

    Trailer: Vimeo
    Poster and Stills: Flickr, html, folder, and zip-file
    IMDb: IMDb


    "Science and Love" © Copyright 2014 MOVING THOUGHT


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