Set in the spectacular landscapes of Battlefield V, the Berlinale Shorts film How to Disappear is an anti-war video project created by the members of the Digital Disarmament Movement. Rewiring the option to desert, their work rewrites the rules of the game. They are joined in their rule-bending by video-essayist Kevin B. Lee, who refashions the image surplus our video-sharing culture generates. By appropriating image loops created by Harun Farocki or ISIS videos, Lee’s work exposes the control images hold over us. If hacking is an art form, this session testifies to its philosophical power.
Robin Klengel is an artist, illustrator and cultural anthropologist. Since 2017, he is vice chairman of the interdisciplinary art and culture space Forum Stadtpark in Graz. In 2018, he received the Vimeo Staff Pick Award, the award for ‘Best Austrian Film’ at VIS Vienna Shorts Festival, the Audience Award at the Shortwave Film Festival in Poznan and the Explorer Award at the A Maze.-Festival Berlin, amongst others.
Leonhard Müllner is a visual artist and media researcher. He studied visual art and media art and is currently writing his PHD in the field of cultural studies. His work has received several awards: the Vimeo Staff Pick Award, ‘Best Austrian Film’ at the VIS Vienna Shorts Festival, and others at Shortwaves Film Festival in Poznan and at the A MAZE. Festival in Berlin.
Michael Stumpf was born in 1985 in Wels. He studied philosophy at the University of Vienna and is currently studying media, art and culture theories at the University of Art and Design Linz. He works as a cultural theorist, an artist and as a designer.
A 2004 alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Kevin B. Lee is a video essayist and a pioneer of the desktop documentary format. He was Founding Editor and Chief Video Essayist at Fandor from 2011-2016 and has written for The New York Times, Sight & Sound, Slate and Indiewire. He has been Professor of Crossmedia Publishing at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart. As of 2022, he has been appointed as the "Locarno Film Festival Professor for the Future of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts."
Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck works with the moving image in various ways. She creates video projections for theatre, opera, dance and music concerts, as well as video installations for exhibitions and museums. She teaches at art schools and works for film festivals as a programmer, moderator or member of the jury. Her focus is on short film. She was a member of the selection team for twelve years before becoming the head of Berlinale Shorts in 2019.