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Vienna 2051. After many years, a customer comes back to the city to close her bank account. Not only data about money, but also memories and other personal data are digitally stored in this account. The customer is not recognized by the computer system. She has to undergo a “memory check,” during which they observe how she reacts to data, videos, and images from the account. She is looking for a way to access the virtual safe in order to travel back in time and to send a message to our present.

In ESIOD 2015 Clemens von Wedemeyer creates a layer of dystopian science fiction, projecting the current financial crisis and the virtualization of work, life, and capital in the architecture of the “First Campus” – a construction projection of the Austrian Erste Bank – into the not all too distant future. His protagonist gets visibly lost in the border zone between real and virtual space, and the film itself continues to disintegrate, becoming transparent, into a cloud of pixels.

Clemens von Wedemeyer, born in 1974 in Göttigen, is an artist based in Berlin. Central themes in his films and video installations are power relations and history that marks everyday life.

Production: Horse & Fruits, Vienna
Screenplay: Clemens von Wedemeyer
Camera: Frank Meyer
With: Stephanie Cumming, Sven Dolinski
Format: DCP, Color
Running time: 39 min
Language: English, German

Photo: © Horse & Fruits

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