Ein Taxi, drei Einzelgängerinnen und eine Gameshow, in der die Regeln unklar bleiben. Mimi, Kay und Yv finden sich in den Paralleluniversen einer futuristischen Show wieder. Die Begegnungen, die sie dabei machen, werfen Fragen zu Solidarität und Elternschaft in einer heteronormativen, patriarchalen und kapitalistischen Gesellschaft auf.
A taxi, three loners and a game show where the rules remain unclear. Mimi, Kay and Yv find themselves in the parallel universes of a futuristic show. The encounters they make raise questions about solidarity and parenthood in a heteronormative, patriarchal and capitalist society.
Universität der Künste Berlin
Milena Bühring, Lisa Kaschubat, Klara Kirsch
Späti-Verkäuferin Mimi, Geschäftsfrau Kay und Programmierin Yv haben unabhängig voneinander ihr altes Leben hinter sich gelassen. Seitdem sitzen sie als Teilnehmerinnen einer Gameshow in einem futuristischen Taxi und fahren scheinbar endlos von Station zu Station. Begonnen mit der Hoffnung auf isolierte Sorglosigkeit hat sie sich die Reise mittlerweile als sinnlose Endlosschleife entpuppt, der sie sich lustlos hingegeben haben. Die Regeln der Show, die um ein computergeneriertes Embryo kreist, sind unklar. Die Stimme des Gamemasters macht lediglich deutlich, dass Entscheidungen getroffen werden müssen - für oder gegen das “Ectobaby”, zusammen oder alleine, weiter in der Show oder zurück in ihr altes Leben.
In Anlehnung an verschiedene feministische Strömungen sowie persönliche Erfahrungen dreht sich ECTORIDERS um die Frage, wie Elternschaft, Solidarität und die eigene Positionierung in einer heteronormativen, patriarchalen und kapitalistischen Gesellschaft möglich sein können. In essayistischer Struktur vereint der Kurzfilm ästhetische Mittel der Popkultur, des kommerziellen Films und der Medienkunst.
Convenience store employee Mimi, business woman Kay and programmer Yv have independently left their old lives behind. Since then, they have been sitting in a futuristic cab as participants in a game show, traveling seemingly endlessly from station to station. Started with the hope of isolated carefreeness, the journey has since turned out to be an endless loop to which they have given themselves passively. The rules of the show, which revolves around a computer-generated embryo, are unclear. The gamemaster's voice merely makes it clear that decisions must be made - for or against the “ectobaby”, together or alone, further along in the show or back to their old lives.
Drawing on various feminist movements as well as personal experiences, ECTORIDERS revolves around the question of how parenthood, solidarity and one's own positioning can be possible in a heteronormative, patriarchal and capitalist society. In an essayistic structure, the short film combines aesthetic strategies of pop culture, commercial film and media art.
We are a group of performance and media artists dealing with current feminist issues of a continuously digitizing society and its inherent forms of female representation in the media and pop culture. We believe in collaborative artistic creation. Through the exchange of different positions from different contexts, an artistic work becomes interesting for us. We do not see ourselves as isolated artists, but always as part of the context in which we live and work. For us it is essential to always seek for forms of collaboration that do not work hierarchically but at eye level with our team.
Milena Bühring is multimedia artist who is currently studying at UdK Berlin. Her work often starts from the autobiographical and deals with stories and myths that are more or less consciously written in social performance and whose necessity and plausibility are often not questioned.
Klara Kirsch is a performance and media artist whose work deals with bodies and (multiple) identities in the digital space, with the construction of reality and the mechanisms of post-capitalist society. In doing so, the appropriation of strategies from pop culture and social media serves as a method to address deeper feminist and sociopolitical questions.
Lisa Kaschubat is an installation-based media artist from Berlin. Her work encompasses the themes of corporeality, interpersonality, and emancipation and their points of connection to technology and virtuality. In doing so, she works performatively, across spaces, and in multimedia. In her installative works Lisa Kaschubat creates immersive spaces. VR and CGI reflect a mutability of corporeality, which is also reflected in the fragility of sculptural works.
Kamera: Ulrike von Au
Ulrike von Au is a cinematographer based in Berlin. She achieved her master's degree at the Filmuniversity Babelsberg in 2022 and already did a variety of shortfilms, documentaries and musicvideos. Her way to capture scenes is atmospheric and close to the people in a deep way. She loves to be part of an interaction between actors, light and movement.
Scenography: Louis Caspar Schmitt
Louis Caspar Schmitt is a master student in stage design at the UdK Berlin. In addition to his studies, he has been able to gain experience at professional theaters and film sets as an intern and assistant. Most recently he has ben working at the Theater Erlangen and the Theater Münster. He is supported by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
Costume Team: Elin Laut and Tin Wang
Elin Laut is a Berlin-based costume artist currently studying Costume Design (M.A.) at the UdK Berlin. Elin combines the media of costume, video, performance and installation to create artistic works that focus on the costume as a performative carrier of political messages.
Tin Wang is an artist/designer/researcher currently. She is studying costume design MA at the UdK Berlin. Her works often wanders between wearable and unwearable.
Sound: Barry Olusegun- Noble Despenza
Barry Despenza was born in Chicago, IL and currently studying Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the UdK Berlin. Despenza's interdisciplinary art work builds upon experiential experiences that shift perspective from passive seeing to active looking, from passive hearing to active listening.
Make-up: Paulina Mondello
Paulina Mondello studys Art at UdK Berlin. She is a painter and make up artist who lives and works in Berlin. Her work has it's focus on bodies as their known and as they can be reinvented.
jpeg.love works mulidisciplinary at the interface of music, performance and video. They work freelance as DJ, producer and performer and are part of the eight-member label collective Raiders. Jpeg also regularly stands behind the camera and directs music videos, performances and theater pieces. Their artistic position is queerfeminist and the basis for jpeg's output and collaborative works.
Camera Assistant: Greta Markurt
Greta Markurt studied psychology at TU in Dresden before devoting herself exclusively to film. Her work as a cinematographer is informed by her studies as well as the curiosity to constantly question her sense of reality. She has worked on films, music videos, online formats as well as stage plays and she is co editor of an independent arts zine.
Set manager: Céline Schink
Céline Schink is a filmmaker based in Berlin. She studied at the Beuth Hochschue for Technology and graduated in Screen Based Media (formerly Audiovisual Media) in 2020. Since then she has worked as a set manager and freelance movie editor.