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Ahorse!
DocLab

Ahorse!

Wendy Gutman
Netherlands
2018
20 min
n.a.
IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction, IDFA DocLab Spotlight
Synopsis

We seem to be caught up in a transitional phase, where mankind itself appears to be changing. Driven by a desire for enlightenment, we speed into the future, shaping our world on the wings of our imagination—together with our longtime companion and loyal friend, the horse.

This fulldome film takes us from prehistoric times to a future in which the physical world is replaced by a virtual paradise. We travel through different stages of consciousness, inventing new ways of expressing our imagination along the way, from cave drawings to photography, towards a point where we fly out of the frame and become one with the image ourselves.

Ahorse! raises questions about who we are as human beings, and what this means for the way we look at the world. Packaged in poetry, there’s also a reflexive view of the media that we use to do so. In this sense, the work is also self-referential. Originally created as a virtual reality installation in 2018, Ahorse! has been adapted for dome-projection. Experiencing it in this format provides a fresh, unique perspective opening up the work to new audiences.

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Credits
20 min
color
Digital file
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Wendy Gutman
    Wendy Gutman
Production
    Wendela Scheltema
    Wendela Scheltema
Co-production
    WeMakeVR
    WeMakeVR
Key collaborator
    Fynn Roovers,
    Mark Spoelstra
    Fynn Roovers,
    Mark Spoelstra
Executive producer
    Diede Bron
    Diede Bron
Cinematography
    Reinier van Brummelen
    Reinier van Brummelen
Animation
    Leon van Oord,
    Remco Blom
    Leon van Oord,
    Remco Blom
Designer
    Ricardo Viana
    Ricardo Viana
Developer
    Aron Fels
    Aron Fels
Technical artist
    Meip Wijn
    Meip Wijn
Sound
    Peter Flamman
    Peter Flamman
Sound Design
    Wart Wamsteker
    Wart Wamsteker
Screenplay
    Wendy Gutman
    Wendy Gutman
Narration
    Lenina Ungari
    Lenina Ungari
Narrator
    Karen Sefton
    Karen Sefton
More from the program section IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
With this year's theme Phenomenal Friction, DocLab explores friction in all its forms. The exhibition program invites audiences to look beyond technological efficiency and convenience, to explore the resistance that can propel creativity forward and the conflict that reveals life's complexities.
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