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Forest Paths (forget Heidegger) (Michiel van Bakel, 2018)
Forest Paths

Forest Paths (Forget Heidegger)

A warped stroll through a forest. Animated still photographs reveal movement and light on the forest paths that are otherwise invisible to the human eye. Van Bakel made a 'scanner-camera' that extends human vision to near-infrared light in an other-worldly way. What's this thing called vision? What's the fundamental difference between what a robot discerns, what a flying insect detects or man's observation?

'"Wood" is an old name for forest. In the wood there are paths, mostly overgrown, that come to an abrupt stop where the wood is untrodden. They are called Holzwege. Each goes its separate way, though within the same forest. It often appears as if one is identical to another. But it only appears so. Woodcutters and forest keepers know these paths. They know what it means to be on a Holzweg.' From the preface to Martin Heidegger's 'Off the Beaten Track' (Holzwege)

'Human beings have absorbed technology at an unconscious level, such that they have come to operate through technology, as though by way of some tele-kinesis. ...It is time, it would seem, to adopt a more flexible and tolerant attitude towards technology. It is time to break free from the shackles of the past. It is time, perhaps, to forget Heidegger.' Neil Leach

3' 20" / 4K UHD file, HD file / black and white

Genre: experimental
Original filmtitle: Forest Paths (forget Heidegger)
Producer: Michiel van Bakel
Scenario: Michiel van Bakel
Language: no dialogue
Completed: 2018

Michiel van Bakel (selection) Hovering over Wasteland (1998, short), 5 AM (2002, short), Narcissus Narcosis (2002-2003, instal), Equestrian (2003, short), Corrente/Flow (2004, instal), Zinc Garden (2004, short), Skywalker (2005, short), An Atomical Theatre (2005, short), Panopticon (2006, short), Time Ring (2006, instal, co-dir), Zarathustra an der Donau (2006, short), Inner Machine (2007, short), Ozymandias (2008, short), Collision (2008, short), Combat (2009, short), Sensibel (2010, short), Walking City Redox (2011, short), Edison Bay (2013, short), Fly-over (2013. short), Hortus (Magnolia) (2013, short), Noctambulist (2014, short), Zen Garden (2014), Flood (2014, short), Poppies (2014, short), Multicolor Red Granite (2015, short), Jaagpad/Towing path (2015, short), Mill in Sunlight (2015, short), Road Trip to the Dutch Mountains  (2016, short), Forest Paths (2018, short)

Distributor: EYE Experimental
Ph: +31 20 589 1446

Festival Selections: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018, International Short Film Festival Cyprus 2018, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018, Traverse Vidéo Toulouse 2019

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