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WINTER SOLSTICE

Experimental documentary short film/video installation as loop, Germany, 8 min
Script, directing, camera, montage: Dan Dansen


»I am living in a state of permanent crisis«

The experimental documentary film »Winter Solstice« traces the feeling of permanent crisis as a desired political state. On a cramped subway ride an unseen narrator has difficulties breathing. On their way to work the narrator is plunged into a crisis and starts to reflect: they struggle with the fragmentation of their life, with their isolation and with the feeling to be stuck in the rat race of work without even being able to make a living. They depict the state of surviving in neoliberal capitalism.

Associatively the essay film »Winter Solstice« outlines this state by cinematic means. The documentary aims for a physical experience of this state of crisis. The fragmentation of the montage hints at the fragmentation of the subjects: overstimulation, being always available, examining each fibre of the self for the usability in the system, constant overload. But still not being able to pause. In neoliberal capitalism we survive life instead of living. At the same time, we do not wish to face the world on our own.

»Would it be possible that this crisis is also your crisis?«