BROTHERS QUAY NIGHT*footnotes
The Brothers Quay, masters of stop-motion and puppet animation, are distinguished guests at this year’s edition of DOK Leipzig. The legendary artist duo Brothers Quay works in the liminal zone between animated and documentary film, openly embracing the predicament that only one of many perceptions can be realised in speech and mise-en-scene. Deeply fascinating and disturbing, their films often explore the boundary between waking life and the world of dreams. In addition, the duo has produced music videos for artists such as 16 Horsepower and Peter Gabriel, or film materials for the brand launch of the fragrance Comme des Garçons. For DOK Leipzig, they have created the trailers for this year’s festival edition.
In the Brothers Quay Night*footnotes they’ll personally give the audience a glimpse of their creative work. DOK Leipzig will be welcoming the Brothers Quay for a screening and talk on Friday, 1 November at Schaubühne Lindenfels with their films INSTITUTE BENJAMENTA OR THIS DREAM PEOPLE CALL HUMAN LIFE and WONDERWOOD FOR COMME DES GARÇONS.
The brothers’ oeuvre is pervaded by adaptations of literary works, such as by Robert Walser (INSTITUTE BENJAMENTA, OR THIS DREAM PEOPLE CALL HUMAN LIFE). The first feature-length film from the Brothers Quay (from 1995) treats the story of Jakob von Gunten, who resolved to become a servant. The protagonist of Robert Walser’s novel “Jakob von Gunten”, which was published in 1909, becomes an observer of a place that lies still and dreams. Just as Walser’s language personifies matter and states of being and objectifies persons, objects, light and the forest take over that role in the film.
With the advertising film WONDERWOOD FOR COMME DES GARÇONS the Brothers Quay created a synaesthetic poem for a perfume of the fashion label Comme des Garçons. Forest fruits burst. Fir cones shed their leaves. Light dramatises resinous surfaces. Wooden panels absorb the intoxicating atmosphere. Macro shots bring the gaze of a fascinated viewer very close and appeal to their sense of smell.