ETERNAL RETURN
2019
2K video | 2.39:1 | 12.18 min. | b/w | stereo


In a plane and wide open landscape, a person is walking in circles, endlessly over and over again. A mask expressing grief and suffering is covering the face, merging with the physical structure like a second skin. Not do we see how the person got here and were he/she came from, nor does it seem, that this aimless wandering will ever come to a halt. Finally the person unexpectedly stops, breaking the endless movement completely.

The concept of rebirth and cyclicality of all life, matter, existence (Saṃsāra), is found in the fundamental belief in most Indian religions and spiritual teachings. It is the belief in indefinitely repeated cycles of birth, misery, and death caused by karma. The first step to „get off the wheel“ is to make a strong effort to still the mind, to silence every mental and physical activity in order to break free.



Concept / Directed / Edited: Kay Walkowiak
Performance: Nandita Raman
Camera: Brett Novak
Postproduction: Andi Winter
Supported by: Federal Chancellery of Austria, Federal State of Salzburg, City of Vienna



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