Internationales Festival Zeichen der Nacht - Berlin - International Festival Signs of the Night


19th International Festival Signs of the Night - Berlin (7th Edition) / August 4-8, 2021



August 6th, 2021 - 16 h -
August 8th, 2021 - 16 h



Year of the Robot

Yves Gellie
Belgium, France / 2019 / 0:30:00

At the intersection of art and science, L’année du robot (Year of the robot) depicts the human being and the robot as its artificial counterpart. As a series of archival documents detailing the first contacts and dialogue between a robot gifted with an artificially created autonomy and human beings, it studies cognitive dissonance, a minute, mysterious relational space sitting between the two actors. It involves elderly people sometimes afflicted with Alzheimer's or dementia, or young adults with autism or neurological problems. Once past the surprise phase and aware of the artificial nature of the robot's functioning, the residents try, despite everything, to forge bonds with it.



On the Things I´ve seen

Annette Mangaard
Canada / 2021 / 1:10:00

A filmmaker's reflections on a life of travel and encounters with people in remote regions of the world. As a young adventurous woman with a camera, Annette Mangaard carried her gear on her back from the Canadian Arctic and Mongolian desert, to the high altitudes of the Andes, along the way gaining access to captivating political and personal circumstances. While recording striking landscape imagery, Mangaard would engage in conversations with the local people about their way of life, often leading to the filming of an interview. These gathered histories and images contemplate landscape, social issues, and community. The stories, recorded via the lens of an artist, reflect on personal experiences in meaningful ways. OH THE THINGS I’VE SEEN explores themes of climate change, water, migration, nuclear energy, sustainability and resistance.