Cosecha mecánica

Cosecha mecánica

Country:

Germany

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00:03:18

Non-playable latinx characters work in endless loops alongside propagandistic praise of cheap Mexican labor. Somewhere on a field a worker sings: “Lo que quiero es una máquina lechuguera” (“What I want is a salad harvesting machine”) „Cosecha mecánica“ (“Mechanical harvest”) juxtaposes the 1950s US propaganda film „Why braceros?“, contemporary audio field-recordings and background characters of a video game– to visually explore how work is reshaped and its value redefined to suit our consumerist needs. When one of the NPCs frees himself from the endless loop of field work, he finds himself on top of a hill, looking at a derailed freight train. All the while goods keep circulating in the world of US regulated exploitation. „Cosecha mecánica“ appropriates propagandistic material and consumerist technology to form a visual counter-narrative. ________________________ Non-playable characters (NPCs) latinos en un videojuego trabajan en loops interminables paralelo a la propaganda sobre la mano de obra barata mexicana. En algún lugar de un campo un trabajador canta: “Lo que quiero es una máquina lechuguera”. “Cosecha mecánica” yuxtapone la película de propaganda estadounidense de los años 50 “Why braceros?”, grabaciones de campo contemporáneas y personajes de fondo de un videojuego para explorar visualmente cómo el trabajo se reconfigura y su valor se redefine para adaptarse a nuestras necesidades consumistas. Cuando uno de los NPC se libera del loop del trabajo de campo, se encuentra en la cima de una colina, mirando un tren de mercancías descarrilado. Mientras tanto, las mercancías siguen circulando en el mundo de la explotación regulada por Estados Unidos. “Cosecha mecánica” se apropia del material propagandístico y la tecnología consumista para formar una contranarrativa visual.

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Felix Klee

Felix Klee (*1990) lives and works in Munich where he currently studies directing for documentary film at University of Television and Film Munich. From 2020 – 2022 he serves as an advisory board member at Locarno Film Festival. In 2019 he received the special award of Kirch foundation's media art scholarship. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts Munich where he studied time-based media under Prof. Julian Rosefeldt and painting under Prof. Pia Fries. He studied painting under Prof. Thomas Hartmann at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg and was a guest student at Universidad de las Artes Aguascalientes Mexico. Currently he works as Director of animation on the animated documentary „Ausente“ by Mexican director Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez. Together with Gisela he also works on "Bajo el árbol", a Mexican-German hybrid short film that won the main award at Drama International Pitching Lab 2020.

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