VERSION: 50 min. [2003, DVD, stereo]
produced by: MMM Filmproduktion / Ulrike Zimmermann, the video kasbah
funded in parts by: Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, Hamburger Filmbüro, Filmförderung Hessen, Filmförderung Badem-Württemberg.
+ Sales (U.S.): Video Data Bank, Chicago
CIRCUIT is a feature length "cinematic installation" with neither
a beginning nor an end; it is virtually able to start from any random point.
It moves through a circle consisting of five interlocked episodes that describe
the phenomenon of interruption in contemporary communications in various forms
and modes, investigating its impacts and side-effects. Along the path of this
circle the genre changes with each episode: moving from documentary, to essay,
to collage, to simulated live-coverage, and to silent film. As this phenomenon
of interruption is pervasive in these media itself, the film attends to the
very act of watching moving images.
are neither fact nor fiction. They add up to a film that exemplifies the confusion
and excitement implicit not only in a new form of film making, but in the
collapse of metaphysical certitudes. The signals getting confused and circuits
are blowing, and this tremendously exciting film both embodies the chaos and
begins to explain how and why it's there.
comes across as documentary, essay, performance art and silent throwback.
(complete with intertitles and irises) and the capabilities and rhetoric associated
with both computers and VCRs play a part in the continuously shifting and
evolving discourse. [...] The circular structure and the continual transformations
-a lecture turning into a story, a piece of performance art growing into an
essay- kept me mesmerized."