Back to 2069 looks at the eroded landscape of the Greek militarized Aegean island Lemnos, a political space where a myth meets contemporary concerns upon the relation of virtual and real image production. On the island, a solitary man shape-shifts from argonaut to avatar through various hallucinations, experiencing different states of embodiment and disembodiment. Although he exiled himself from Athens to escape the crisis, past and future scenarios of conflict are gradually catching up on him. What appears to be a fiction is made out of documentary footage that interweaves the man's venture on the island with recorded Arma 3 video-game sessions from Youtube. —Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky

Back to 2069 continues Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky's project of fascinating, visually-sumptuous doc-fiction hybrids. The duo's complex and layered films inhabit spaces and haunt them like ghastly phantasmagoria. In this film, one might be tempted to say that space is the island of Lemnos. But in truth, the film cycles through so many registers—news footage, maps, video games or cinematography—that it's hard to tell which space is real and which is virtual.

The film captures the essence of what it's like to exist in a secluded space, where one can either fold into the surrounding history, or refuse to do so at all and slide deep into technological and virtual realms. Capturing the shifts in space, time, position and frame of mind quite effectively, Back to 2069 argues that one can never fully exit the world no matter how hard he may try. —Herb Shellenberger

Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky

Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky are an artist/film director duo based in Berlin and Paris. They’ve directed together several short and mid-length films exploring specific social-political situations through the prism of altered states of consciousness, delirium and ecstasy. Combining their interests in cinema and sonic anthropology, their films investigate the multiplicity of the self through a spiral of metamorphoses that interrogate our power relation—always shifting—to the 'Other' ('the enemy, the plant, the animal, the spirit, the dead').
Their works have been presented at numerous international film festivals and art institutions such as International Film Festival Rotterdam, FID Marseille, International Film Festival Torino, DocLisboa, Ann Arbor, CCCB Barcelona, MAMCO Geneva, MAF Tokyo, Centre Pompidou Paris and HdKW Berlin.
Recipients of various recent research grants in Japan, Greece and Mexico, they did residencies such as Capacete (Rio de Janeiro), Guemcheon (Seoul), Hors Les Murs (Mississippi), Izolyatsia (formerly in Donetsk, Ukraine) and have received the European Media Art Festiavl award for their film works The Sun Experiment (Ether Echoes) (2014) and Conversation with a Cactus (2017). Bom Dia Books recently published their first monograph One Head Too Many.

Filmography

Back to 2069 (2019), Conversation with a Cactus (2017), Shadow-Machine (2016), The Sun Experiment (Ether Echoes) (2013–14), Delirium Ambulare (2012), A Short Organon for the Hero (2012), Holy Time in Eternity, Holy Eternity in Time (2011)

An early version of Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky's Conversation with a Cactus was commissioned by BFMAF and exhibited at the 2015 festival