What limitations do we seek for ourselves? What limits, what liberates and what empowers us? The attraction for us lies in the transfer of the inner perception of limitation through an “outside”, in our current space of movement, which seems almost unlimited. It is possible for us to be at any time, almost everywhere. To be (simply) everything.
But is this really true? Which rules and systems do we impose on ourselves, which ones determine us, which ones do we determine ourselves. Can we always be who we want to be, always and everywhere? How free do we feel? How free are we really?
A camera view of Hollywood’s prison.
Lines draw the space, electronic flashing clocks the atmosphere, 10 women meet each other in the total institution. They act self-directedly next to each other. Or we witness their conversation and cannot eavesdrop. It’s not about their liberation but about the correspondence of images. go plastic has been working on film art for years, on the expectations that consuming pop culture leaves in us. This is also the case in WE’RE USED TO BEING DARKER. The characters – stripped of their plot – perform and caricature themselves.
While in other go plastic productions a character camps out on stage, this time it’s different: on the couches of the bowling alley bar, on stage, we, the audience, sit. Who is judged, who is condemned, who is free?
WUTBD is about images of women and the expectations placed on these figures, and of course I, as the viewer, place myself in relation to them: a mutual game of projection takes place.
WUTBD is a collaborative work and as such a social experiment. And how much this encounter has been worthwhile I notice in the vibrating memory of the individual artistic signatures that became recognizable that evening.
Barbara Lubich (Italian filmmaker, sociologist, historian), Autumn 2021
“WE’RE USED TO BEING DARKER“
web series in 10 episodes
Episode 1 “Manifest” • Caroline Beach
Episode 2 “Gelernt” • Rika Yotsumoto
Episode 3 “Chancen” • Luise Barner
Episode 4 “Sehnsuchtsparade” • Johanna Roggan
Episode 5 “Witchcraft” • Hannah Adomat
Episode 6 “Blaue Stunde” • Fang Yun Lo
Episode 7 “Unerhört” • Ariel Cohen
Episode 8 “10 s” • Georgina Leo St Laurent
Episode 9 “Boomerang” • Julia Amme
Episode 10 “Aus_Schnitt” • Micheal Tucker