Anne Niemetz (Germany)
2007, 4:05 min
The stars, in truth, made the atoms of the universe, but what made these atoms come together in consciousness and life? What made them move? For move they did, almost quicker than he could imagine, pulsing and resonating, vibrating billions of times in a moment, seeking out other atoms with which to spin and dance and sing their cosmic songs. *
The more we discover about the smallest and largest elements of the universe, the more overarching patterns become apparent. To the individual concerned with ontological matters the ramifications of being a part of the interwoven universe leads to the re-evaluation of the idea of man being the measure of all things. How are we bound into the universal structure and what is our role to play?
In Void/Light, microscopic imagery of beating heart cells is mixed with various footage to create a universe in which micro- and macro cosmos become indistinguishable from each other. The imagery is paralleled by a mesmerizing soundtrack of human voices that mutate into abstract sound and vice versa. The viewer embarks on a journey of transformation, a poetic expression of the transient state of the human in search of a new identity, dazzled by emerging possibilities. At the end, the composition disperses into noise, the voices break down into sound particles, and everything dissolves to allow the birth of a new star.
* The Wild, David Zindell. London: HarperCollinsPublishers 1995, P. 656
Credits: Video by Anne Niemetz
Thanks to Doug Easterly for vocals and Andrew Pelling for microscopic footage
This video participates in
CologneOFF IV – Here We Are!
4th edittion of Cologne Online Film Festival 2008
LAB program series