Essay films take different paths in their argumentation. Featuring decidedly subjective points-of-view, they break free from the constraints of conventional narrative patterns. These films often start off from small details, from the highly personal, lingering on these observations to develop statements about the nature of human coexistence. What we have here are thought experiments, in which, for instance, first-person shooters are examined for their pacifist potential, house pets challenge the fundamental tenets of religion or endangered species are conserved in digital space.
Pfefferberg Haus 13
Max Grau // Germany // 2015 // 25:00 min
Was my step-father a true hippy, even though he wore white high-top sneakers? And what fascinates us today about the oldies, which our parents already thought were lame back when they themselves were still teenagers?
Leonhard Müllner / Michael Stumpf / Robin Klengel // Austria // 2020 // 21:06 min
Going AWOL in an online first-person shooter environment. Can you even do that? Exploring the idea within a game conceived as a recruitment tool, the film reflects on the connection between war and play, as well as discipline and disobedience.
Deniz Tortum / Kathryn Hamilton // Netherlands, United States // 2021 // 12:00 min
We archive everything, as if ecological collapse could be averted by some sort of digital Noah's ark. But can we upload ourselves and our planet and really save everything with the aid of digitally archived 3D models?