A Community Art Film Project, 12 minutes, Bahasa Aceh, english subtitles, made on Pulo Breuh, Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

 

Ideas, costumes, music & acting:
Agus Nur Amal, Fachrurrazi Ogut Smak, Syahrul Qadri, Mirza Felani, Alif Al-Ghifari, Gilang Zulkahfi, Ramadhan Moeslem, Yulfa Haris Saputra, Perdana Romi Saputra, Rahmiana Rahman, Adli Dzil Ikram, Fahri, Rafa, Bulkhaini, Afdal, Kak Rini, Anak Anak SD Lapeng, Alfred Banze, Christine Falk.

Camera & editing:
Alfred Banze

Institut Seni Budaya, Rumah Relawan Remaja, Kebun Impian Lapeng, Komunitas Tikar Pandan, Masyarakat Desa Lapeng Aceh Indonesia, Camping Akademie e.V. Berlin Germany.

Thank you to all the people of Lapeng Village, Pulo Breuh, Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.
A Dream Garden Production © 2024

Christine Falk and Alfred Banze, Germany (members of the artist group Baan Noorg Collaborative Art & Culture) and Agus Nur Amal, Indonesia, met during documenta15. The idea arose to do a joint project in Banda Aceh, the home of Agus Nur Amal. He also invited other artists, communities and educational institutions, including the Indonesian Arts and Culture Institute (ISBI) Aceh, Komunitas Pandan Tikar, Rumah Relawan Remaja and Kebun Impian Lapeng.
The project took place on the island of Breuh. It is located in the northwest of Sumatra and is a rather forgotten region; there is only one boat connection there every day. The involved artists developed an idea: a film about plastic waste, based on traditional stories and anecdotes from the island´s residents.
During the ongoing monsoon season with its strong easterly winds, a lot of plastic waste washes up on the island’s beaches, both international and national waste, and this is a huge problem for all residents.
The film wants to bring a very relevant topic to the attention of a broader public; it wants to show that plastic and sweets are two things that cannot be separated from each other. Because almost all sweets are packaged in plastic; Cola Cola, Fanta, Silver Queen etc. That’s why the title of the film is “Sweet Plastik”. According to Agus, the art project on Breuh Island is also a piece of criticism of the art of the capital of Banda Aceh province, which is simply not moving forward.
The process of creating the project was always very spontaneous. Every time there was an interesting idea, it was immediately implemented, in the creation of the props, in the acting and in the music. In addition to the artists, residents of the village also took part, especially the children from the neighboring school. For ten days, people performed, filmed, made music and painted, created objects and discussed everything. The film, including editing and post-production, was completed on site.
On the last evening on the island there was a party with almost all the residents of the village. The film premiered in an open-air installation called “The International Museum of Plastic Waste”. There was a lot of laughter and smiles, and the shop owner sold sweets (in plastic packaging).

Songkhla Artspace II Thailand: Exhibition, Performance & Workshop. Performances at Iolux Berlin. Zitadelle Berlin / Tag des offenen Denkmals. Schloss Biesdorf / Lange Nacht der Museen. Glashaus Borken/Hessen. Oblomov Bar / 48 Stunden Neukölln Berlin. Camping Akademie e.V. / Artspring Festival Berlin. Kleingartenverein Bornholm 2 / Artwalk Berlin. Metahouse Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Good Feeling Resort, Koh Wai, Thailand.

Paul Gauguin lives today, as aimlessly Berlin artist Paul Alfred G. Disappointed with Europe, he wants to found a Colony of Free Arts in Tahiti! But none of his artist friends want to follow him. Instead, they have plenty of suggestions, what he could do there, instead of them. Arrived in Tahiti he is horrified by highways, gated communities and impoverished suburban settlements. He moves on to the atomically contaminated Mururoa Atoll. There he creates, carrying out the commissions of his artist friends, an impressive late work that is marketed by a foreign legionnaire. The works achieve top prices in Europe, but the collectors fall ill from the atomic radiation of the works, just as the artist himself.

www.atomicgauguin.de

The solo performance by Alfred (Paul) Banze is based on contributions by artists from French Polynesia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, China, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, R.D. Congo, USA & Germany, it contains film projection, webcam, live music & dancing with secondary raw materials.

English version of the video projection tape, as used at the performances: https://youtu.be/mSn9ec8Auzo

Film, 34 min. 2018. Texts, pictures and AV-Samples from books and films 1968-75 by Erich von Däniken. Song texts: Stephan Groß & Alfred Banze. Music: AV-Gruppe Kopi Kaputa, Alfred Banze, Stephan Groß & Tabea Kurde.

A tribute to the self-taught, trickster and demagogue Erich von Däniken and his theory of pre-astronautics: Aliens had visited the earth in prehistoric times and brought civilization. Beyond a perhaps brilliant artistic fool’s trick, Däniken’s ideas contain elements of fascist esotericism, an ideology of the master race. His Eurocentric and colonial “historiography” shaped and shaped Hollywood and thus world politics, exemplifies an elite vision of the future of the Chosen.

Eine Hommage an den Autodidakten, Trickbetrüger und Demagogen Erich von Däniken und seine Theorie der Prä-Astronautik: Außerirdische hätten in prähistorischer Zeit die Erde besucht und die Zivilisation gebracht. Jenseits eines vielleicht genialen künstlerischen Narrenstreiches enthalten Dänikens Ideen Elemente faschistischer Esoterik, eine Ideologie vom Herrenvolk. Seine eurozentrische und kolonialistische „Geschichtsschreibung“ prägte und prägt Hollywood und damit die Welt-Politik, steht exemplarisch für eine elitäre Zukunftsvision der Auserwählten.

 

A film by Alfred Banze, 13 min. 2017. Pecundang Yang Baik. The Good Losers. Die guten Verlierer. Aktor/Actors: Adanya Kenayah, Religi Ahmad,  Arief Yudi, Ginggi Syarief Hasyim, dan masih banyak lagi/and many more.. Nyanyian dari Paduan Suara Wanita Jatiwangi Chants by the Jatiwangi Women’s Choir Gamelan oleh Tedi En & Andzar Agung Fauzan Aaf Gamelan by Tedi En & Andzar Agung Fauzan Aaf Terjemahan oleh Ika Nasution Translation by Ika Nasution Materi arsip video tambahan oleh Pabrik Seni Jatiwangi Additional video archive material by Jatiwangi Art Factory Diproduksi di Jatiwangi Art Factory Produced at Jatiwangi Art Factory.

Film, 32 min., 2017. Inspired by the book of the same name by Michael Oppitz, the film “Dinge Mythen Piktogramme” (Things Myths Pictograms) confronts stories of creation and transformation of the ethnic group of “Naxi” in Yunnan in southwest China with pictures from the life of the Naxi shaman He Xuidong in the modern tourist city Lijiang. The second part of the film accompanies him at a nightly ritual to expel ghosts. Field recordings by Yasuhiro Morinaga, interviews by Christine Falk, translations by Zhou Qiao. Produced by Lijiangstudio, China.

Rise & fall of a community art space in Battambang, Cambodia. Part of a participatory drawing & video project made at Sammaki Community Artspace in Battambang. Supported by Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department and the German Embassy in Cambodia.