The House for Film and Media Stuttgart (HFM) is showing the essay film Beacons. Maritime Markers (2021) by Caroline Meyer-Jürshof and the experimental film Simple Whistles (2020) by Marlies Pöschl, among others, as part of this year’s Stuttgart Film Winter.
At the35th Stuttgart Film Winter, the HFM is debuting a diverse selection of works by young filmmakers and media professionals from among its university members — the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart (ABK), Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Merz Akademie — on the theme of »social relevance«.
The selection includes short, animated films by students of the ABK, an animated film by two students of the Filmakademie, experimental and scenic short films by the Merz Akademie as well as a film essay and an experimental film by two fellows of Akademie Schloss Solitude.
One aim of the House, due to be constructed in central Stuttgart by 2027, is to offer young artists and media professionals the opportunity to realize their own productions and present them to a larger audience. An initial taster of the broad spectrum of young creatives is now being offered by talents’ encounters.
The former Art Coordination fellow (2020/2021) Caroline Meyer-Jürshof explores the themes of space and orientation both academically and artistically. Beacons form the subject of her current project. These are navigation markers that were once built to provide seafarers with landmarks in places that had no natural markers to navigate by. Some beacons still exist today. In Beacons. Maritime Markers (2021), Meyer-Jürshof addresses the issue of orientation in urban space and the possibility of placing beacons in a city like Stuttgart.
Marlies Pöschl is a current fellow in the field of practice Visual. The artist and filmmaker creates multi-perspective films, performances and installations based on collaborative projects and various forms of exchange. Simple Whistles consists of sound recordings, conversations and a writing workshop in several sheltered housing projects in the south of Paris . In a jointly written poem, senior citizens envision the future of the house in which they live. This choral performance uses the poem as a basis for experimentation with both concrete poetry and the sounds of the machines surrounding the senior citizens in their everyday lives.