Passengers don’t have to abandon their sofa to take most trips through America; they just watch them on screen. It’s therefore understandable that even German found-footage artists work primarily with quotes from Hollywood. Christoph Girardet’s work is a good example of this approach. He compiled a private cosmos of foreign material, from silent movies to monumental epics, melodramas and horror films. Storyboard marks the end of this long journey: instead of condensing second-hand emotions in associative fashion, as found-footage films generally do, a style of dissociative visual montage here seeks to dissolve meaning and context, until all that remains is an empty gesture – like a memory of long-forgotten emotions.
Christoph Girardet, DE 2007, 5 Min. (German premiere)