Industrian Pilz: Pilzfilm

Industrian Pilz is a film that examines the culture of industrialization through the lens of mycology – the botanical study of fungi. 

Emerging in the wake of West Germany’s absorption of a decaying East German state, the industrial zone at Brück/Linthe bears witness to certain post-unification organizational strategies currently being deployed in the conversion of the East’s agricultural sector.

Set within a landscape absent from the postwar suburban development common to the west, the site – composed of West German industries employing robotic technologies to manufacture materials for the construction industry – sits in stark contrast to an existing agricultural region where on average 1 in 5 are unemployed.

Splicing original investigative footage shot in the industrial zone with archival film clips, interviews of local residents, scenes of cultural globalization from popular media, and samplings from the music and musings of pioneering myco-aesthete, John Cage, the Pilzfilm explores the flotsam and jetsam drifting in the wake of West Germany’s absorption of a decaying East German state.

YEAR: 2003
CREDITS:

Premiered at the Viper International Film and Video Festival, Basel, Switzerland and screened at Anthology Film Archives (New Filmmakers Series)

cast
[in order of appearance]

Caspar David Friedrich
John Cage
Walther Ruttman
Carolin Tabel
Clare Miflin
Charles McIlvaine
Foreigner
Ute Mahling
Gilles Deleuze
Bertrand Ivanoff
Kraftwerk
Regine Engel
Dr. Motto
Judy Garland
Rammstein
Google

crew

NARRATION
Clare Miflin
Mark Shepard
Bertrand Ivanoff

INTERVIEWS
Carolin Tabel

CAMERA
Mark Shepard

TRANSLATIONS
Dan Amarel
Claudia Dias
Bertrand Ivanoff
Erwin Redl
Sabine Schenk

THE COMMITTEE
Dan Amarel
Erwin Redl
Lytle Shaw
Mark Shepard
Carlos Tejada

project support:

THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

THE EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISON CENTER

USIS BERLIN AMERIKA HAUS

MINISTERIUM FÜR WIRTSCHAFT, MITTLESTAND, KULTUR UND TECHNOLOGIE DIE LANDES BRANDENBURG

KULTURAMT DES LANDKRIEISES POTSDAM-MITTELMARK

THE BRITISH COUNCIL, BERLIN

CZECH MINISTRY OF CULTURE

TRUST FOR MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING

PRO HELVETIA OST-WEST

OPEN SOCIETY FUND

THE CENTER FOR METAMEDIA