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Testfilm #1
Experimental film | mov | color | 14'21'' | Netherlands / Croatia | 2020
TESTFILM is a series of projects in which Telcosystems address the impact of new technological developments in digital filmmaking and their implications for the future of artists’ cinema. In TESTFILM #1 they explore the creative possibilities of the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) – the new global infrastructure for film projection in cinemas. By 2015, this digital standard had completely replaced analogue film projection around the world. Could one upset the default behavior of the DCP system and unearth its artistic potential? (A practice that has been an integral part of the history of cinema.) Or is the system designed to exclude any possibility of human intervention? If so, what happens to the history and the future of experimental cinema and the renegades who refuse to play by the rules?
Telcosystems are Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden. Lucas van der Velden (1976, Eindhoven) and Gideon Kiers (1975, Amsterdam) studied at the Interfaculty Image and Sound, a department at the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy in The Hague. David Kiers (1977, Amsterdam) studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Over the past two decades, they have been investigating the digital universe from an artistic perspective. In their audiovisual practice they have been pursuing the liberation of machines from the rules and limitations imposed through standardized software and hardware. Telcosystems create immersive spatial experiences that explore the interaction between technology, human expression and machine behavior. Their films, installations and performances have been presented at IFFR, Holland Festival, Transmediale, Sonar, EMAF Osnabrück, Oberhausen, Edinburgh, Ann Arbor, Videoex, EYE Filmmuseum, De Appel, Wood Street Galleries, STRP Biennale, SXSW, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and many more.