Waterseller – Lauren Moffatt (DE)

Waterseller is both the documentation of a happening staged within Berlin’s Pergamon Museum in 2007 and an experiment in perceptual narrative technique and Photoshop animation. The film presents a young woman singing in front of one of the museum’s exhibits, a giant religious altar from Ancient Greece reassembled inside one of the museum halls, while oblivious museum-goers mill about in the background listening to their audio tours.

The film was shot with two cameras. Using Photoshop, the footage was later combined frame-by-frame into single images as a replica of the way the two eyes work together in visual perception. The result is a film that presents not only a scene, but also a fictional person’s perception of that scene: the failed Situationist happening, dwarfed by it’s spectacular backdrop and silenced by consumerist static.