Isea 2022 - Possibles



June 11 to 16

Screening / A New Dawn

Authors: Max Schleser


The moving-image artwork is an exploration of a former German industrial coal and steel production site, which transformed into a public park in 1994. The ironworks are not only a symbol of ‘Wertewandel’, the change of values, but also symbolises our addiction to artificial energy and its transformation into wealth.


Theme: Moving-image Arts, experimental screen production, memory-scape, nature

More information:

  • Abstract: A New Dawn is a memoryscape, which takes a critical approach and uses the Aurora Borealis as an audio-visual representation of life out of balance. Imagine the magnetic fields have shifted through climate change and the collision of electronically charged particles would happen in our proximity. The Aurora’s symbolise a geomagnetic storm caused by nature’s exclamation of the ecological crises.

    The last shift was worked on the 4 April 1985 and the former ‘Wirtschaftswunder’ turned into an industrial wasteland. The ironworks are not only a symbol of ‘Wertewandel’, the change of values, but also symbolises our addiction to artificial energy and its transformation into wealth. As a side product of the last century’s heavy industry, we are now faced with a climate crisis.

    Simultaneously the interpretation of Aurora’s in dreams signifies a positive outlook. A dream with an Aurora means important things will happen and ‘magnetic’ outcomes are about to appear on the horizon. While climate change appears to be a nightmare of the industrial past, this experience hopes to recalibrate our outlook. In Greek mythology Aurora refers to dawn, combining paste and present this memory-scape takes a position to make an argument about an innovative planet and that we must act now in a holistic manner on the climate crises. 

    The affordances and aesthetic of this experimental screen production are utilised through the viewers presence in a hybrid space; partly dream object and partly architectural requiem. The visuals are interacting with an original soundscape. The moving-image artwork conceptualised spatialised storytelling based on a combination of soundscape and abstract filmmaking. This original method is supported by experimentation with motionscapes. On location an accelerometer microphone was utilized to record the sound of the fabric. Using intellectual montage, the factory was personified and ‘reactivated’ through the placement of visual and audio effects in the filmic space to demonstrate how nature reclaims this architectural requiem.

    Field recording: Simon Longo.
    Soundtrack: Paulo Hartmann, Andre Namur and Daniel Sasso.

  • Biography: Max Schleser is an award-winning filmmaker with expertise in Immersive Media and Creative Arts 4.0. He is Associate Professor in Film and Television and Researcher in the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies (CTMT) at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia).
    His experimental films, moving-image arts and cinematic VR projects are screened at film festivals, in galleries and museums including FLEFF Film Festival (USA), Festival de La Imagen (Columbia), Museu da Imagem e do Som – Museum of Moving Image (Brazil), London Gallery West, South London Gallery (both UK), Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision – New Zealand Film Archive, Te Papa Tongarewa – Museum of New Zealand (both Aotearoa/New Zealand), Pocket Film Festival and Videoscope (both France). His mobile feature film Max with a Keitai (2007) is included in the public film archive in the Forum des Images in Paris (France) and the smartphone documentary feature Frankenstorm (2014) broadcasted on CTV, Canterbury Television (Aotearoa/New Zealand). 
⟵ Return to 'Screening'

Sign up to make sure you never miss a deadline and have direct access to materials related to the ISEA2022 Conference.

Keep me updated

UOC CCCB Centre d'art Santa Mònica logo new art foundation Hac Te (Hub d'Art, Ciència i Tecnologia) Logo Macba Ajuntament de Barcelona Barcelona Capital Cultural i Científica logo institut ramon llull

Go to top