people doing moves (Video on request)
Hä*Wie!? & Taet Vremya
Production & post - Nils Löfke
Colour, stereo sound
Shot on HD
Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Loop, 8 min 39 sec
The movement of everyday life is often so familiar to us that we barely consciously perceive it. Through repetition and alienation, our work is an attempt to make the seemingly familiar movements unfamiliar (and vice versa), driven by the question: "Who actually controls whom?"
In the video "people doing moves," created by the collectives Hä*Wie!? and Taet Vremya, a group of young men perform short movements. They use their bodies in unusual and witty ways, forming individual and social sculptures in space. The video is an archive and accumulation of movement possibilities. With the intention to recognize movements that have relevance to an individual, the research investigates what a body can do.
The lapidary movements recorded in the video are inspired by the early works of Koki Tanaka, who examined the relationship between objects and actions, revealing their hidden potentials. In the video "people doing moves," the young men’s bodies or body parts function like Tanaka's objects. With repetitive sequences of motion, they generate new geometrical and often absurd forms and patterns. In addition to the body, its physical presence and its formability, the film is about the interaction and the extended possibilities of action in the community.
The research with the naked body, objects, and groups – with and without causal relations – generates practical discrimination and a value system. Inspired by the sense of value and the resulting consensus of movements, the collective questions contexts of various kinds with their created movements and addresses themes such as sexuality, spirituality and aesthetics.