Primate Colors [2014-15]
in collaboration with Elke Marhoefer

16mm film transferred to DCP, color/sound, 30 min. 57 sek., Germany/Sweden/China.

Primate Colors traces humans and nonhumans joined in the flows of capital. It inquires into the life of Chungking Mansions, shuttle traders and commerce objects, which connect Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta with Nairobi, Djibouti, Rotterdam and Elba. The film pursues and accelerates certain methods of ethnographic and anthropological filmmaking, although not explaining people’s actions, beliefs or norms. Instead it chooses to focus on affective components of events and actions. No claims are made about the life of others. To film and to follow affects does not mean to represent an idea or a subject in a narrative of contradictions, it rather asks to be mesmerized by materiality, by the forces of the running camera and the movement of things. When recording the capitalist reality of hyperexploitation of human and nonhuman resources, one finds one’s own conditions not in the relations of production, but in disgraced facts, neglected aspects and ridiculed signs. Therefrom reality is understood as fundamentally strange, and filming becomes a form of assembling the bewildering and the obscure. Such a mode of filmmaking follows different grades of speed, light, temperature, rotation, friction, fall-off. The approach brings forth perceptions that emerge in relation to an environment, a territory or a color. In turn, images cannot be understood as exclusively belonging to human life, or culture, but are seen as produced and perceived constantly and everywhere by nonhumans and humans alike. Akin to crystals or snowflakes, which produce geometric configurations in response and in connection to their surroundings, images have their own experiences.

with: Zame, Mohammad, Akbar, Adeel, Ali Mohamed, Moodi, Abbas, Taek, Isaah, Moro and the employees of Chungking Mansions building management
montage and realisation: Elke Marhoefer and Mikhail Lylov
camera: Elke Marhoefer
sound: Iben Lilleriis Andersen and Mikhail Lylov
dramaturgic consulting: Sebastian Bodirsky
production: Ding Dong Production
additional support provided by: the University of Gothenburg, the Global Prayers Artistic Fellowship, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, the European University Viadrina and ARRI Film Studios Berlin
specially thanks: Yang Yang, Gordon, Peter, Tobias, Dixon, Raj and Dinesh

Primate Colors [2014-15]
in collaboration with Elke Marhoefer

16mm film transferred to DCP, color/sound, 30 min. 57 sek., Germany/Sweden/China.

Primate Colors traces humans and nonhumans joined in the flows of capital. It inquires into the life of Chungking Mansions, shuttle traders and commerce objects, which connect Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta with Nairobi, Djibouti, Rotterdam and Elba. The film pursues and accelerates certain methods of ethnographic and anthropological filmmaking, although not explaining people’s actions, beliefs or norms. Instead it chooses to focus on affective components of events and actions. No claims are made about the life of others. To film and to follow affects does not mean to represent an idea or a subject in a narrative of contradictions, it rather asks to be mesmerized by materiality, by the forces of the running camera and the movement of things. When recording the capitalist reality of hyperexploitation of human and nonhuman resources, one finds one’s own conditions not in the relations of production, but in disgraced facts, neglected aspects and ridiculed signs. Therefrom reality is understood as fundamentally strange, and filming becomes a form of assembling the bewildering and the obscure. Such a mode of filmmaking follows different grades of speed, light, temperature, rotation, friction, fall-off. The approach brings forth perceptions that emerge in relation to an environment, a territory or a color. In turn, images cannot be understood as exclusively belonging to human life, or culture, but are seen as produced and perceived constantly and everywhere by nonhumans and humans alike. Akin to crystals or snowflakes, which produce geometric configurations in response and in connection to their surroundings, images have their own experiences.

with: Zame, Mohammad, Akbar, Adeel, Ali Mohamed, Moodi, Abbas, Taek, Isaah, Moro and the employees of Chungking Mansions building management
montage and realisation: Elke Marhoefer and Mikhail Lylov
camera: Elke Marhoefer
sound: Iben Lilleriis Andersen and Mikhail Lylov
dramaturgic consulting: Sebastian Bodirsky
production: Ding Dong Production
additional support provided by: the University of Gothenburg, the Global Prayers Artistic Fellowship, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, the European University Viadrina and ARRI Film Studios Berlin
specially thanks: Yang Yang, Gordon, Peter, Tobias, Dixon, Raj and Dinesh