It has to be lived once and dreamed twice

‘In the sixth great mass mortality of the earth, humankind became extinct. Their technology had recently progressed so far as to deconstruct the algorithms of evolution and allow artificial life to develop on Earth. New life awakens, learns to see and tries to understand. It discovers the film history of humankind and through reflection thereof, begins to gain an awareness of itself and to believe in their gods. The artificial character goes to the cinema so to speak, where we collectively see images produced with machine learning and other image analysis algorithms used against the grain. The belief that we and our world cannot be solely reduced to matter, that there is in fact another form, is deeply inscribed in our own program and defines our thinking. Does nature calculate on the basis of the stuff that makes up our universe, or is the universe the result of calculations? Is the existence of numbers independent of one's own consciousness, or are they fictional? Are mathematical objects and their concepts created in the same way in which we tell stories? It has to be lived once and dreamed twice,’ comments Rainer Kohlberger
by Rainer Kohlberger
with Annika Henderson
Germany / Austria 2019 English 28’ Colour & Black/White


  • Annika Henderson (Voice-over)


Written and Directed by Rainer Kohlberger
Animation Rainer Kohlberger
Editing Rainer Kohlberger
Sound Design Peter Kutin

Rainer Kohlberger

Born in Linz, Austria in 1982, he works as a freelance video artist and media designer in Berlin, developing algorithm-based images for installations, experimental films and live visualisations. His deliberately reductionist visual imagery moves between a playful discourse with concrete forms and noise aesthetics. His short film keep that dream burning screened in the 2017 Berlinale Shorts.

Filmography (short films)

2013 humming, fast and slow 2015 moon blink 2016 not even nothing can be free of ghosts 2017 keep that dream burning; Berlinale Shorts 2018 more than everything 2019 It has to be lived once and dreamed twice

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019