Being and Nothingness
Shorts with Theme : Music & Shorts
Director Bady MINCK
Country Austria
Year 2007
Running Time 10’
Color/B&W 35mm | Color
Genre Experimental
Premier Status Asian Premiere
A fantastic journey into a musical score that is visualized. The musicians appear and disappear in the same way as the notes and sounds. Music has a virtual space and is played out in the mind of the conductor and composer. Being and Nothingness transform a piece of music into a visual spectacle and examine the role of humans in this performance of sound and light. After a prologue in which the composer and conductor Beat Furrer is shown obtaining and arranging a score by Schumann, its performance becomes the actual theme of the film: as the notes pass through the picture, the musicians of the Klangforum Wien ensemble appear and disappear according to their acoustic contribution. The result is a choreography of sound, and the music's transience and vastness are turned into a ballet of bodies which, somewhere between presence and absence, commemorates the instability of being as a dialectic micro-spectacle.
Born in Luxembourg, she works as an artist and filmmaker in Vienna and Luxembourg, where she explores the field of tension between film and the fine arts. As a founding member of "Amour Fou Film Vienna" and "Minotaurus Film Luxembourg," her films and works of art have been presented in renowned exhibitions and film festivals around the world.