With these 30 spots made in 2011 as part of a carte blanche, Alexander Schellow keeps on working on the remembering process through drawings and animation, this time based on scenes he observed in Marseille. Made up of 3-second animations looped and interrupted by black screens, the spots appear and disappear before we can really grasp them, as if they were memories subconsciously entering our perception.
MARSEILLE #01-#30 by Jacques Kermabon
A film enthusiast sees films everywhere. It is not just an illusion. Monitors, television sets, internet, mobile phones, our world is full of them.
At first, Alexander Schellow’s spots make you think of film clips, shorter footage than the Lumière brothers’ productions, whose grainy aspect suggests the germination of bad tv reception.
What can be perceived as mechanical recording turns out to be made up of drawings from memory with a documentary touch. If you know Marseille, you recognise Marseille. Otherwise, you make out a time embryo sampled from urban tissue, with no narration, hence intriguing. A neutral time, the opposite of an outstanding moment, barely perceptible, every time you watch it identical and different.
Jacques Kermabon is editor in chief of the magazine Bref and writes about films.
Les Rencontres à l’échelle (France)
Ciné Dimanche au Gyptis (France)
La Nuit de l’Instant (France)
Biennale de Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)
Rencontres Int. Paris/Berlin/Madrid
Festival int. du court-métrage d’Uppsala (Sweden)
Festival de Clermont-Ferrand (France)
30 x 20 secondes I 2011 I Black & White
Production Alexander Schellow, Films de Force Majeure (FR), Catalogue su sensible (FR)
VISA n° 131.149
the CNC, Zukunftskolleg (University of Konstanz) and Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône
Written and directed by Alexander Schellow
Editing Petra Zöpnek
Producers Jean-Laurent Csinidis, Marie Tappero