Instant Life

The three films you will see are shot-for-shot reproductions of the compilation film Instant Life (1981). Each film in Instant Life (1981) was a remake of an earlier film also called Instant Life (1941). The earlier Instant Life (1941) was a single film, not a compilation.
In 2017, we decided to recreate Instant Life (1981). We did not attempt to recreate Instant Life (1941) because that Instant Life is lost. Instant Life (1941) was a silent film presented with live musical accompaniment. After the show, audience members received a printed riddle. Instant Life (1981) is a sound film. The riddle is part of the film. No answer to the riddle exists.
by Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy, Andrew Kim
with Alee Peoples
Germany / USA 2022 English 27’ Colour, 16 mm World premiere

With

  • Alee Peoples (Voice)

Crew

Written and Directed byAnja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy, Andrew Kim
CinematographyAnja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy, Andrew Kim
EditingAnja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy, Andrew Kim
MusicAnja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy, Andrew Kim
Sound DesignAndrew Kim, Christian Obermaier
SoundAndrew Kim
ProducersAnja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy

Anja Dornieden

Anja Dornieden is a filmmaker based in Berlin. Since 2010 she has been working together with Juan David González Monroy under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they practice Horrorism, a simulated method of inner and outer transformation. They have presented their films and performances in a wide variety of venues and festivals worldwide. Their film Heliopolis Heliopolis was included in Forum Expanded 2017. Dornieden is a member of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.

Filmography (with Juan David González Monroy)

2011 Awe Shocks; 3 min. 2012 Oro Parece; 6 min. · The Handeye (Bone Ghosts); 7 min. · Eigenheim; 16 min. 2013 A flea‘s skin would be too big for you; 47 min. · Come and Dance with Me; 4 min. 2014 Gente Perra; 25 min. · Wolkenschatten; 17 min. 2015 The Masked Monkeys; 30 min. 2016 Heliopolis Heliopolis; 26 min., Forum Expanded 2017 2018 Comfort Stations; 26 min. · The Skin is Good; 12 min. 2020 Her Name was Europa; 76 min., Forum Expanded 2020 2022 Enthusiasm; 8 min. · Natural Human; 31 min. · Instant Life

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022

Juan David González Monroy

Juan David González Monroy is a filmmaker based in Berlin. Since 2010 he has been working together with the artist Anja Dornieden under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they practice Horrorism, a simulated method of inner and outer transformation. They have presented their films and performances in a wide variety of venues and festivals worldwide. Their film Heliopolis Heliopolis was included in Forum Expanded 2017. González Monroy is a member of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.

Filmography (with Anja Dornieden)

2011 Awe Shocks; 3 min. 2012 Oro Parece; 6 min. · The Handeye (Bone Ghosts); 7 min. · Eigenheim; 16 min. 2013 A flea’s skin would be too big for you; 47 min. · Come and Dance with Me; 4 min. 2014 Gente Perra; 25 min. · Wolkenschatten; 17 min. 2015 The Masked Monkeys; 30 min. 2016 Heliopolis Heliopolis; 26 min., Forum Expanded 2017 2018 Comfort Stations; 26 min. · The Skin is Good; 12 min. 2020 Her Name was Europa; 76 min., Forum Expanded 2020 2022 Enthusiasm; 8 min. · Natural Human; 31 min. · Instant Life

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022

Andrew Kim

Andrew Kim is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His films have screened at a variety of festivals in Ann Arbor, Rotterdam, Toronto, and Buenos Aires, as well as in venues such as UnionDocs, New York and Los Angeles Filmforum. He teaches filmmaking at the California Institute of the Arts and helps manage the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit media arts center.

Filmography

2011 Colon, Michigan; 16 min. 2012 Some Unseen Lights; 5 min. · Standards of Perfection; 9 min. 2013 On the Feasibility of Light Amplification; 5 min. · Will o’ the Wisp; 24 min. 2015 Society of Motion; 3 min. · The Peacock; 11 min. 2016 Temples It Knows No Longer; 7 min. · (I) Frame; 11 min. 2017 Hour of Pearl; 7 min. 2022 Instant Life

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022