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Recovering Industry

Recovering Industry
Rekonstrukce průmyslu

Czech Republic, 2015, 19 min
Experimental

Recovering Industry
Rekonstrukce průmyslu

Czech Republic, 2015, 19 min
Experimental

This experimental metric film shines a light on esthetic rhythms of economic cycles related to industry from the beginning of the financial crisis till the present recovery. The picture is organized along the facts and figures of the development of the automotive, chemical and heavy industries from 2009 up till now.
The number of economically active Czechs working in the field of industry comes to 37%, which makes the Czech republic the most industrial of all EU member states. Several industries felt the impact of the economic crisis, with a plunge in production and lower numbers in contracts, overall turnover and the numbers of employees. The film is based on industrial data from the times of the crisis and subsequent revival of individual branches, portrayed through the images of factories. Several views are layered one upon another, transforming in line with the transformation of the respective field. And so the film is not just illustrating economic facts and figures, but also develops their esthetic potential. After all, the industry is not limited to its economic or social (and environmental) dimensions, it is inherently charged with its own esthetics.
More specifically, the fill follows the development in terms of export and import numbers, profits from both domestic and international commerce, contract volumes or changes in salaries and numbers of people working in the respective fields. The charts showing how these indicators changed in six years are reflected in the individual parameters of the imagery: hue, brightness, sharpness, contrast or specific color tones. The conceptual merge of industrial development and imagery changes are rooted in the timeline – one minute of each individual part reflects a year in the life of an industry.

Writer / Andrea Slováková    DoP / Lukáš Hyksa    Editor / Jana Vlčková    Music / Viktor Tverdochlibov

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