Matter Out of Place
Impressive, striking, spectacular – we will say this in looking at Geyrhalter’s images concerning the huge amount of waste in the world. The theme of waste is certainly not new, also in cinema, but here his “aesthetic of quantity” wants to highlight not only the burden of matter but more precisely the work needed to process this matter as an (energy) expensive burden. The absence of commentary initially frustrates us, at least insofar as we would like to know more about what we see. Nevertheless, wouldn’t the information have given us the impression to understand and control a phenomenon of which Geyrhalter prefers to stress the disproportion?
Nikolaus Geyrhalter | AT 2022 | 106’ | Locarno Film Festival 2022 | CH-Distribution: Frenetic Films
Text: Giuseppe Di Salvatore