TRANSITION, Video work 7:30, 2020
The video work TRANSITION show film sequences of melting
glaciers in Iceland and Tirol: Europeans largest glacier,
Vatnajökull, a cave of Kötlujökull and the Kauerntaler glacier
The three icebergs are hugely affected by climate change.
While the cave of Kötlujökull no longer exists, in Kauerntal
they are using tarpaulins on the ice to try to slow down
the melting of the glacier. In Iceland they are mourning
Okjökull, the first glacier fell victim to the man-made climate
change. Once a glacier melts, it bleeds, dies and irretrievably
disappears from the surface.
You can see moving bodies in the video. They are hybrids,
half-human, half water, or ice. The interaction of their
gestures mirrors the mutual influence between human and
nature. Wrapped in red fabric, the artist moves slowly over
the disappearing iceberg and draws the course of a drop of
blood. The performers let themselves be led by impulses
through her movement, that has been given to them through
the natural environment.
TRANSITION was created after spending some time in Tirol
and living for some years in Iceland. The nature of the island
is enormous, impressive, calm, wild and threatening.
In the face of immense snow masses, the human becomes aware of
its fragility. The nature on the other hand, shows through the
melting of the glaciers fainting and vulnerability.
It is time to develop strategies for the future, in which
humans, different living beings, and the nature live in unity
with one another. At the beginning of change there is usually
a vision. This thought inspired the sound composed for this
Field Recordings make the voice of nature audible.
They go into a dialogue with human voices, that report of future
visions. The voices are recorded in different languages.
The protagonist deal with, how we can preserve our living
space; what contribution each individual can make; in what
world we want to live in and how we want to leave our planet
to our descendants.
This piece focuses on the courageous act of dreaming
of a different future. It takes strength to hope in times of
destruction and decay. Nothing will change if we stop
dreaming, or at least fantasizing about what kind of world we
wish to live in. The music tries to support the imagery in its
beauty and mourning. The morphed water humans represent
the flicker of ideas and hope amongst the dark reality of our
planet being in distress.
Concept, Directing, Cut, Costume, Objects, Colour grading
Camera: Maria-Magdalena Ianchis
Camera Assistant: Bjarni Svanur Friðsteinsson
Drone Footage: Daniel Jarosch
Sound Concept of Video: TRANSITION: Maria-Magdalena
Ianchis in collaboration with Ida Schuften Juhl
Original song I WANT TO releases under IDK IDA
Sound Design Ida Schuften Juhl
Voices: People with great visions
Performance Concept: Maria-Magdalena Ianchis
Performance: Bjarni Svanur Friðsteinsson,
Daniel Jarosch, Ezechiel-Daniel Iacnhis, Maria-Magdalena
Ianchis and Natalía Björnsdóttir BenderItaepel illigendae.
Text: Maria-Magdalena Ianchis in collaboration with Luana Schäfer