Shorts: New Geographies Series 1

  • Documentary
  • 8 Episodes

Endless horizons, haunted edgelands, symphonies of dissonant cities. The works in this short film programme map new pathways through landscapes both real and imagined.

Contoured Thoughts Evan Ifekoya | Iceland, UK | 2019 | 5’

Signal 8 Simon Liu | Hong Kong, UK | 2019 | 14’

Reserve Gerard Ortín Castellví | Spain | 2020 | 27’

Erpe-Mere Noemi Osselaer | Belgium | 2019 | 21’

I Will Become More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine Paul Greenleaf | UK | 2019 | 16’

Midnight Kids Maxence Vassilyevitch | 2020 | France | 23’

Total runtime: 106’

Director (Contoured Thoughts)

Evan Ifekoya

Director (Signal 8)

Simon Liu

Director (Reserve)

Gerard Ortín Castellví

Director (Erpe-Mere)

Noemi Osselaer

Director (I Will Become More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine)

Paul Greenleaf

Director (Midnight Kids)

Maxence Vassilyevitch

Episodes

New Geographies Programme Introduction
5m
Contoured Thoughts

Contoured Thoughts is a meditation on desire, recovery and the rituals of communion. Here, Ifekoya is a conduit taking the viewer to another realm where time all but stands still. Regenerated by the blackness of water and land, the artist offers a moment to share the intimate, the erotic and the otherworldly.

14m
Signal 8

They said a storm is calling this way but we’re still waiting. Lives carry on in Hong Kong as traces of civic upkeep morph into sites of remembrance. Decorative structures mimic nature then occasionally malfunction, transforming common spectacle to warning signs. The light urges to tell us something but can’t quite get its point across, patience tested for another day.

WARNING: This video may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.

27m
Reserve

The wolf no longer inhabits the land that once formed part of its territory, and only through its outlines can we get closer to it; remnants of wolf traps, predator urine imported from the US, a dung-hill used to feed scavenger birds and archers that shoot at replicas of animals. Reserve constructs a story about the fragile balance of a territory after the disappearance of the predator, where the complex co-existence between humans and non-humans presents a distinctly marked anthropogenic ecosystem.

21m
Erpe-Mere

Surrounded by the sound of nocturnal animals, a girl falls into a deep sleep. Gradually we are drawn into the dream that unfolds into a cosmic journey through the meadows of Erpe-Mere.

WARNING: This video may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.

16m
I Will Become More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine

Interweaving shreds of personal and collective histories I Will Become More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine explores the haunting legacy of the M11 link road that cuts through Leytonstone, East London. Taking its name from the protestors’ slogan on the final house to be demolished and the final words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the film summons spectral voices and residual energy from the landscape in an attempt to confront the motorway.

23m
Midnight Kids

350 miles above the polar circle, only accessible by air, Utqiagvik (previously called Barrow) is the northernmost town of Alaska, and of the entire US. There, under the midnight sun, facing the melting arctic ocean and its claustrophobic horizon, some young Inuits try to turn the town into their playground.

30m
Q&A

Q&A with filmmakers Maxence Vassilyevitch (Midnight Kids), Anais Ruales Borja (Midnight Kids), Noemi Osselaer (Erpe-Mere), Paul Greenleaf (I Will Become More Powerful Than You Can, Possibly Imagine), Simon Liu (Signal 8), Evan Ifekoya (Contoured Thoughts) and Gerard Ortin (Reserve).