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SATURDAY 18.08.2018

MQ’s Hof 8

9:00 p.m.
DIE_ANDEREN_BILDER, AUT/DEU/FRA 2018, 17min, short, director: Iris Blauensteiner, original version

A hard drive, 2.8 terabytes, data left over from a project worked on a decade ago. In 2008 filmmaker and writer Iris Blauensteiner made her first short fiction film, and now she’s taking a look at the remaining material: outtakes, photos, audio files, emails, portions of the screenplay, ideas that were abandoned. The data was archived carefully, but time has left traces. Old formats can’t be played, current equipment isn’t compatible. Playback errors and visual interference make easy reminiscence impossible; the sounds and images are no longer what they were. Hauntingly magical scenes are created from the digital leftovers and errors, forcing their way into the range of the audible and visible.

Director, screenwriter & production: Iris Blauensteiner
Music & sound: Rojin Sharafi
Narrator/actor: Judith Mauthe
Research: Flora Löffenlmann

9:17 p.m.
THE CLEANERS, DEU/BRA 2018, 88min, documentary, directors: Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck, original version w/ German subtitles
With Nicole Wong, Illma Gore, David Kaye, et al

The shadow industry of digital censorship on the web: whoever believes that a sophisticated algorithm or a form of artificial un-intelligence blocks Facebook users or Twitter accounts is wrong. In Manila, the world’s largest outsourcing location for content management, tens of thousands of people delete photos, videos and texts for technology corporations in ten-hour shifts. Decisions regarding censorship or whether content is made visible are outsourced to these content managers. Which criteria are employed for the work of these employees, most of them quite young, is one of the best-kept secrets of their bosses. The documentary shows these people at work, surfing the web with them during their daily routine, clicking from internet cleaning crews in Manila to Los Angeles, London and Berlin.

Screenwriter:Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck
Camera:Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck
Editor:Philipp Gromov, Hansjörg Weißbrich, Markus CM Schmidt
Sound:Karsten Höfer
Music:Paradox Paradise (John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Voges)
Production:gebrueder beetz filmproduktion

Moritz Riesewieck, born in Germany’s Ruhrgebiet in 1985, is a theater and film director and a writer. As the recipient of a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes he studied Economics and then Directing at Berlin’s University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch. He has put on productions and performed at Schauspiel Dortmund and the Internationalen Forum des Berliner Theatertreffens and in Mexico City. In 2015 Moritz Riesewieck was invited to the Heidelberger Stückemarkt and received the state of Berlin’s Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium for his innovative work. His essay “Digitale Drecksarbeit” was recently published by dtv.

Iris Blauensteiner is a filmmaker and writer with degrees in Art and Digital Media from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the University of Vienna’s department of theater, film and media studies. Since 2004 she has created films, primarily as a screenwriter and director (e.g. DIE_ANDEREN_BILDER, experimental essay film, 2018; “Rast,” documentary, 2016; “Schwitzen,” short fiction film, 2014; “Doublage,” experimental film, 2007). In 2016 her debut novel, “Kopfzecke,” was published by Verlag Kremayr & Scheriau. Blauensteiner is a member of the Golden Pixel Cooperative.

Moritz Riesewieck (director) and Iris Blauensteiner (filmmaker and writer) will be present.