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Zwischen mir und der Welt / Aufräumen

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Michaela Schwentner
Michaela Schwentner
Gerald Weber
Gerald Weber
Brigitta Burger-Utzer
Gerald Weber
Michaela Schwentner
Michaela Schwentner
Michaela Schwentner
Nik Hummer
The playful impression disappears quickly. The wooden blocks are indeed luminous and colourful like bonbons, but the hands that constantly rearrange the objects for the camera are in rubber gloves. The incessant piling and arranging, twisting, turning, and moving is reminiscent of a restless search for the “right” constellation.
“But what is normal, anyway?”, asks the voice superimposed over this arranging in Zwischen mir und der Welt / Aufräumen. In the film, Michaela Schwentner gives people who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, more specifically, with Asperger syndrome, the chance to speak. They offer profound reflections on what isolates them from the so-called world out there, how their social handicap and the difficulties in communicating with others lead them to experience the disturbance as a prison. The limitations, as well as the compulsion, are reflected and intensified at the visual level: the organizing of the geometric structures becomes a Sisyphean struggle; it is a symbol of the inability to grasp the structure of a social situation.