Werewolves Playoffs (Video Still), 2020
"A sublimation of intent and suppressed violence, obsessive skipping and mytomania, with no focused prayer. Satoshi Fujiwara elaborates political content amassed and originally sourced from videos created by Alexander Kluge into the vortex of mixed-media image democracy, conspiracy videos. An essay into overdosing and obsessing over collective thoughts and political figures, an overlayed black box of recent political traumas."
Werewolves Playoffs is the first work part of FiniteRants a new digital project by Fondazione Prada that aims to test the versatility of the visual essay in expressing thought images and demonstrate its relevance in contemporary visual production.⠀
Satoshi Fujiwara and Alexander Kluge’s visual essay Werewolves Playoffs activates an experimentation that crosses the boundaries between cinema and photography. Actions of aggression, isolation and accumulation of images create a new narrative that invests the notions of time, speed and transformation. In contrast to Chris Marker's La Jetée, where the power of memory is fixed in the frame, in Fujiwara and Kluge's video essay the images are decontextualized, deconstructed and stratified to create a dark atmosphere far from the standards of traditional cinema. Their work is the result of a long-distance collaboration that sees the Japanese photographer tries to experiment the video format for the first time, reworking original elements and films by the German director.