The Thinking Machine #59

Do Actors Exist?

In their series The Thinking Machine, critics Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin create a new video essay for de Filmkrant every month.

In the prolific cinema of Ireland’s Rouzbeh Rashidi, human beings are rendered as living phantasmagoria. Experimental and psychedelic, his films intermingle flashes of science-fiction visions, sadomasochistic psychodramas, landscape vistas, and infernal machines. We asked him: do you cause these bodies you stage and photograph to exist, or not to exist? And then we free-associated in montage from his response.