Shelly Silver

2018 | 00:03:38 | Germany | English | B&W | Silent | 4:3 | 16mm film

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Feminism, Film Theory, Gender, Portrait

In 1959, Jean Seberg stares into Raoul Coutard’s 35mm camera lens and then turns – the closing frame of Godard’s Breathless is the back of her head. For the film it is a closing. For her character it is less clear. Is it a refusal? A denial? A shying away from? An admission of guilt or not caring? A disappearing act? In 2017 on the streets of Berlin, twenty-three women, friends and passersby, reverse Seberg’s action. 

This Film and Turn were commissioned by the Arsenal and Film Feld Forschung for a particular future. A copy of each will be placed in a heated terrarium to track the films’ demise. For This Film, printed on polyester, it will mean accelerated fading, perhaps red to sunset orange, then to a hazy pastel. For Turn, printed on volatile acetate, the change will be quicker and more dramatic, as it falls victim to vinegar syndrome. Acetic acid will be released, the base will shrink and buckle, the image will decompose. Through off-gassing, this seemingly unchanging spool of dark plastic will not only be in constant flux, but will also have the ability to infect others of its kind.

Post production coordinator: Markus Ruff

Sound mix: Jochen Jewzusser

Producer: Film Feld Forschung/the Arsenal/Silent Green

Negative cutter: Monika Dörge

Lab: Andec Filmtechnic

Timing: Ludwig Draser

Scan: Korn Manufaktur

With: Nanna Heidenreich, Merle Kröger, Alex Gerbaulet, Meike Rötzer, Filipa Cesar, Juliane Henrich, Marie-Catherine Theiler, Tina Ellerkamp, Annette Maechtel, Kerstin Schroedinger, Judith Hopf, Charlie Peters, Milena Gregor, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Antje Ehmann, Diana McCarty, Hoora Sarajan, Maike Mia Hoehne, Pauline Heuts, Viola Schmit, Anna Zett, Mareike Bernien


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Exhibitions + Festivals

Berlinale/Forum Expanded, Germany, (Opening Evening)

Image Forum Festival, Tokyo, Japan (travelling)

Cairo Video Festival, Egypt

Cosmic Rays, Chapel Hill, NC

Onion City Festival, Chicago, IL

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