In a letter sent to the funders of their film Havarie, dealing with the plight of refugees in the Mediterranean, Merle Kröger and Philip Scheffner wrote: “We note with grave concern that the images of people in boats risking their lives to secure a future for them and their families as a result of European border policy have become part of our everyday life.” Increasingly such images produce a “feeling of helplessness, which is at best expressed along the lines of ‘We can’t do anything’ and at worst in the sort of fear that has led to arson attacks on refugee housing also being carried out on a weekly basis.” Havarie, they thus decided, would consists of a single, low resolution image sequence they found on YouTube, stretched to last, the entire duration of the film. On the occasion of “Resisting Images,” Kröger and Scheffner for the first time included a selection of elements composed from the film’s unused footage, shown on monitors dispersed throughout the space. Alongside these are excerpts from Merle Kröger’s novel Havarie, which served as the starting point for the work on the film. These approaches are here juxtaposed and left to resonate with one another.
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Merle Kröger, Philipp Scheffner: Havarie, 2016
Videoprojection, 93 min., sound