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The Los Angeles River-Project, 2009-2010

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“The Los Angeles River–Project“ explores-in the format of a feature length film-the complex political discussion of the river’s status and the environmental and social impact of being corralled into a flood control system over seventy years ago. The conflict is manifested by the river‘s unclear and unresolved definition. (...) This film is an investigation into the urban landscape, and develops along this frontier of the socialized wilderness, taking into account technology and planning, the command of nature and its demarcation with the urban, as reflected through the stateless person who inhabits this denaturalized and destroyed environment. Despite these extremes the two protagonists with very different backgrounds and reference systems, meet at the riverbank; whilst the scientist Brent takes water samples and monitors the river‘s local wildlife, he encounters the homeless Marvin and begins to investigate his survival strategy.

“The Los Angeles River–Project“ explores-in the format of a feature length film-the complex political discussion of the river’s status and the environmental and social impact of being corralled into a flood control system over seventy years ago. The conflict is manifested by the river‘s unclear and unresolved definition. (...) This film is an investigation into the urban landscape, and develops along this frontier of the socialized wilderness, taking into account technology and planning, the command of nature and its demarcation with the urban, as reflected through the stateless person who inhabits this denaturalized and destroyed environment. Despite these extremes the two protagonists with very different backgrounds and reference systems, meet at the riverbank; whilst the scientist Brent takes water samples and monitors the river‘s local wildlife, he encounters the homeless Marvin and begins to investigate his survival strategy.

Mario Pfeifer, The Los Angeles River-Project, 2009, 35 mm film, HD projection, color, Dolby SR 5.1

Mario Pfeifer, The Los Angeles River-Project, 2009, 35 mm film, HD projection, color, Dolby SR 5.1 (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, The Los Angeles River-Project, 2009, 35 mm film, HD projection, color, Dolby SR 5.1 (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, The Los Angeles River-Project, 2009, 35 mm film, HD projection, color, Dolby SR 5.1 (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, The Los Angeles River-Project, 2009, 35 mm film, HD projection, color, Dolby SR 5.1 (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, The Los Angeles River-Project, 2009, 35 mm film, HD projection, color, Dolby SR 5.1 (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, The Los Angeles River-Project, 2009, 35 mm film, HD projection, color, Dolby SR 5.1 (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, The Los Angeles River-Project, 2009, 35 mm film, HD projection, color, Dolby SR 5.1 (film still)
Mario Pfeifer, The Los Angeles River-Project, 2009, 35 mm film, HD projection, color, Dolby SR 5.1 (film still)
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Mario Pfeifer

Mario Pfeifer was born in 1981 in Dresden, Germany. His work explores representational structures and conventions in the medium of film, in locations ranging from Mumbai to California to the Western Sahara. Conceiving each project out of a specific cultural situation, he researches social-political backgrounds and weaves further cross-cultural art historical, filmic and political references into a richly layered practice, ranging from film and video installations to photographs and text installations. Often, Pfeifer collaborates on publications that reconsider these projects, offering research materials and critical investigations by writers and thinkers of related fields, concerning issues suggested in his projects for a wider social-political discussion. After his studies in Leipzig (HGB) and Berlin (UDK), Pfeifer graduates from Willem de Rooij's class at Städelschule Frankfurt in 2008. He is a Fulbright fellow in Los Angeles (California Institute of the Arts) in 2008/09. Further grants and projects lead him to Bangkok, Mumbai, Marrakesh, Beirut, Tierra del Fuego, Santiago de Chile, and New York. In 2018 he participates in the 10. Berlin Biennale. Pfeifer lives in Berlin.



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