Image from Landfill 16 is courtesy of Artist Jennifer Reeves.

Film by MFA Alumna Jennifer Reeves' film featured in

Festival for Expanded Media

10-13 January 2013, 7:30PM

Stuttgart, Germany

For 26 years, the Filmwinter Stuttgart – Festival for Expanded Media has been devoted to crossing the border between cinema and media art with an adventurous international programme comprising films, workshops, Expanded Media exhibition and performances for people of all ages. The Festival’s core are the international competitions (not subject-related) for short film, Media in Space and Network Culture – flanked by a comprehensive programme.

Every year, the Filmwinter has a new motto that is reflected in the design, supporting programme and the whole aura of the festival. For this year’s edition, the Festival Motto is “True Craftsmanship”. The interaction of analogue and digital is explored and we will take a look at how much handmade work can be found in the digital world as well as handmade works as collective process and counterculture. Today, handmade work is again very much appreciated and seen as a seal of quality.

Wand 5 e.V. are the organisers of the Filmwinter Stuttgart now – after 16 years – located in Stuttgart’s east end. Supporting independent media culture is the association’s aim and one of their characteristics is to foresee, accompany and question the term of media culture. To do this, more than 30 locations in Stuttgart with various formats have played a part.

Wand 5 are co-founders of „Initiative für ein Neues Kommunales Kino in Stuttgart“ (an initiative to revive the municipal cinema in Stuttgart) and „Ag Kurzfilm- Bundesverband Deutscher Kurzfilm“ (Federal Short Film Association for German Short Film).


(Jennifer Reeves, 2011, 16mm, 9 minutes)

“Exhumed 16mm film from my very own landfill in Elkhart, Indiana constitute the canvas of Landfill 16. After finishing my double-projection When It Was Blue I was horrified by the bulk of outtakes that would normally go to a landfill. So I temporarily buried the footage to let enzymes and fungi in the soil begin to decompose the image, and then I hand-painted the film to give it new life. This “recycling” is a meditation on the demise of the beautiful 16mm medium and nature’s losing battle to decompose the relics of our abandoned technologies and productions.

The ominous soundtrack mixes recognizable audio, from bulldozers to nature audio, with more abstracted textural and rhythmic sounds I created using audio from consumer-goods factories, old 16mm equipment, the cries of a dying bird stuck in my wall, and other oddities. Within this multi-textured, pulsating, abstract moving painting I attempt to express my dread of man-made waste that endangers land and wildlife.”
-- Jennifer Reeves

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