THE HUMAN CRATER, 2017
a film by U5
Sound by The Observatory and Li Tavor & Nicolas Buzzi
(2017, 60 min, sound: 5.1)
THE HUMAN CRATER
"Every man is an abyss, you get dizzy looking in."
When people are like ravines and craters, are mountains and volcanoes like human beings? In breathtaking pictures, the film The Human Crater leads to the personalities of the volcanoes on the Indonesian island of Java. To spirited Merapi, gentle Galunggung, to wise, old Ungaran, superstar Bromo, or the slightly neurotic Sindoro.
The Human Crater combines travelogue, documentation, research, reflection and fiction. It explores the relationship between humans and nature, politics and beauty. By connecting Singapore and Java it also contrasts life in the air-conditioned city to expeditions into nature. The Human Crater is an eloquent essay about control and loss of control, basic elements of traveling as well as our relationship to volcanoes.
Smells to recall the volcanoes, in collaboration with Nadja Wagner 1. Geosmin (earth smell) 2. Evernyl (dust, moss) 3. Amyl Vinyl Carbinol (damp, mushroom,after-rain smell) 4. Costus (sweat, dirty hair)
Screening im Filmpodium Zürich, 19. November 2017 with Elisabeth Bronfen and Philip Ursprung