In his computer game Everything, David OReilly (Please Say Something, Golden Bear for Best Short Film 2009 & RGB XYZ, Special Mention, Berlinale Shorts 2008) takes the leitmotif to another level by choosing a philosophical approach. OReilly had two sources of inspiration for his film: on the one hand, the writings of English philosopher of religion Alan Watts, who above all undertook a deep investigation of the philosophies of Zen, Buddhism in general and Taoism; and on the other hand, the short film Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames from the year 1977, in which the camera is at first focussed on a picnicking couple in a park and then, in steps corresponding to powers of ten in surface area, zooms out further and further all the way into deep space, before finally diving back in towards Earth and the park, all the way into the inside of the human body. Everything is an invitation to be everything and everyone and to overcome the little needy self. This also represents a “reframing”. In the framework of Berlinale Talents, David OReilly will also be speaking about his philosophy and aesthetic, and presenting the game version of Everything.
How does this fit with this year’s Forum Expanded title “The Stars Down to Earth” and the section’s associated statement that turning our gaze from the heavens and directing it at the ground of hard facts is more necessary than ever in a world turned upside down?