Seas of Pearls

Seas of Pearls
Seas of Pearls
Seas of Pearls

Images inhaled and exhaled, gently but deeply. Details of a naked person, close-ups of deep-sea creatures—jelly fish, algae, cnidaria, at first, still a stony landscape. Small, precise picture waves, as though set off by hitting the surface of still water, set Seas of Pearls in motion. With this we experience through our bodies an encounter with the bodies in the film, and the body film: how the camera makes contact with the surfaces, how it transmits the rhythm of swimming beings to itself, how the montage gently rises and ebbs away, how the light refracts in the lens.

In the fourth of nine parts of a series of works based on Arthur Schnitzler´s "Traumnovelle" ("Dream Story"), Katrina Daschner constructs a unique shift of the usual gaze: we do indeed see thoroughly sensual, haptic creatures that invite us to touch them, but we never arrive at the false calm of clear gender categorization. Whether man or woman plays no role, cannot be established, is fluid and fleeting, like the surfaces of the film itself. One sees aesthetic, seductive, moving, pulsating, sprawling phenomena and organisms, which want to be touched yet nonetheless glide away with the gaze at the images. Here, the eye of the world does not make them a sign, as the camera is, instead, a body that relates to other bodies. "Thousand tentacles feeling their way through space rather than a single lens taking it in view" (Anne Rutherford).
(Alejandro Bachmann)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt



Jellyfish floating gracefully through the water. Gently swaying sea anemones. Fragmenting closeups of naked skin. Gaping fissures in rough rock. Sensual body sculptures that blend in their similarity of form and montage to a hybrid film body: silent, beautiful, erotic. The reproduction of bodies far from social ascription as new artistic creations — in and through film. (Diagonale, catalogue 2016)

Orig. Title
Perlenmeere
Year
2016
Country
Austria
Duration
9 min
Director
Katrina Daschner
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Downloads
Seas of Pearls (Image)
Seas of Pearls (Image)
Seas of Pearls (Image)
Credits
Director
Katrina Daschner
Concept & Realization
Katrina Daschner
Cinematography
Hannes Böck
Editing
Katrina Daschner, Hannes Böck
Actor/Actress
Hyo Lee
Production
Lady Chutney
Assistant Director
Nick Prokesch
Supported by
BKA - innovative film, Land Niederösterreich
Available Formats
DCP 2K (Distribution Copy)
Format of Picture
1:1,85 flat
Format of Sound
silent
Picture Frequency
25 fps
Format of Color
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2016
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage
Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
Split - Festival of New Film and Video
Zagreb - 25fps Film & Video Festival
Hamburg - Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Querfeld
Cork - IndieCork Film Festival
2017
Melbourne - Int. Film Festival
Basel - Clair-obscur Filmfestival