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SHOW AND TELL #19: Ursula Mayer

Ursula Mayer’s single and multi-channel films are crystalline circuits of images, composed of signs borrowed from architecture, fashion, literature, politics, mythology, geology and science. Through her poetic treatment of film Mayer interweaves myth, biopolitics and the semiotics of cinema to visualize and ruminate upon future post human ontology. In 2014 she has been awarded the Derek Jarman award. She’s coming to Alchemy to present her film Atom Spirit in the The Self-Registration programme.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Love

2. What lies at the heart of your own desire to make films?
Adventure

3. What are the first things you do in developing a film idea in response to a subject?
Research

4. What’s your favourite film and why?
There are too many

5. Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks!
There are too many

6. From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
I don’t read poems

7. If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
Artificial intelligence with no physical body

8. What is your greatest extravagance?
A Carribean island for my friends and myself

9. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
People

10. What is your final word?
Love yourself