Video / Installation, Dur. 17:17 min, 4K colour, sound
Jessica Páez, Ben Brix, Emma Cattell, Mieko Suzuki, Jochen Jezussek / poleposition dc, Philip Whitfield / WEFADETOGREY, Seeley Questing, Laurie Young, Joshua Schwebel, Luc Dunberry, Nikolaus Heveker, Esther Fisher, Anthony Wayne Howell, Amélie Lampron, Jean-Bernard Vidal
Silo 5, once the largest granary in the world, was celebrated by architect Le Corbusier in 1927 as a glimpse towards a utopian modernity and an aesthetic future of architecture. Since the 1990’s Montreals gigantic silo complex has been an industrial ruin, far too big to be demolished. The abandoned granary, now an unintended monument to colonial global extractionism, marks as a place of storage the starting point for the video piece [ˈzi:lo]5. The work approaches different gestures and technologies of preservation and collection and therefore – simultaneously and inseparably – also questions of overwrite, delete or rewrite.
Seen from the perspective of a near (queering) future, collections expose themselves as accumulations of gaps and omissions. These voids become resonating bodies, having the potential to open up spaces for other practices of intermediate storage.
[ˈzi:lo]5 was supported by n.b.k. Berlin; Senatsverwaltung fur Kultur und Europa, Berlin; Goethe Institut Montréal;
Montréal, arts interculturels and La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Montréal
[ˈzi:lo]5 premiered at Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg (2020) as part of the German Competition.
It was awarded by the 34th Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media with the Norman Award 2021. The Jurys’ statement:
This movie really thinks inside the box. But inside that box is another box. And then another. And what is it that must be kept so well hidden? Shapeshifting objects, that can either be symbols of resistance or dominance, of cultural freedom or appropriation. It all depends on how we pack or unpack them. For a layered yet playful work dealing with colonial and patriarchal heritage the jury awards [‘zi:lo]5 by Kerstin Honeit.
Jury: Andrea Martignoni, Marlene Denningmann and Thomas Renoldner