Extrait Naturel, video, 8min30, 2008.


 

The short video piece, "Extrait Naturel", was shot in the forests surrounding Berlin. Composed by a thinly woven narrative thread, the video depicts an unlikely forest ranger in the course of her enigmatic duties. One sees views of an ordinary springtime forest suffixed with colorimetric variations that border upon the abstraction.The piece begins with the mise en scène a possibly futuristic fairy tale and ends with the viewer face to face with the systematically categorising of the forest flora.One goes from a potential Grimm Brothers setting to a montage of data registration within wilderness zones. The central slogan « wir warten draussen » (we are waiting outside), which is normally used to forbid the access to animal sanctuaries, appears as a condition of things, questioning the perspective of the players involved.This subtle juxtaposition arrives after one comes to grip with the glade-central place between the wilderness and the domestic,where territory is monopolized, where decisions are taken. The scene with the ranger character is presented in real-time, serving as an anchorage to the present while also focusing upon the «engaged detachment» of the given situation.A slightly fantastic ambience arises through the diligent actions of the ranger and her out-of-place urban uniform. The video's soundtrack, composed by Nicolas Mallet, plays with a dramatic effect, contrasting with the clear golden sun of the forest morning.

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