< ausfahrt > (exit_salida)

Marisa Maza
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In a black and white landscape something is shown crossing the sky. We  cannot discern what it is, but we can see it getting closer. After a while, we realise that it is a plane we are looking at. We wait for its deafening sound and, finally, the plane flies over our heads.

<ausfahrt> places us at the fateful moment when the great machine makes everything else smaller. Maza has filmed in various European airports planes at the moments of landing and take off. The physical setting becomes unimportant, what is highlighted is the power of the machine, the strength of the engines capable of lifting tons of metal in the air.

After the image of the first plane, many others follow. Each time, however, they are closer, much closer above us. Planes stop being something singular and become mere images. It doesn’t matter whether it is the same plane that we see landing and taking off. Maza focuses on the moment of maximum noise, when the plane is exactly above us. If with the first plane we experience a moment of expectation, the noise in the rest of the piece is always excessive.

The commercial character of planes, together with their unworldly power, turns the images in <ausfahrt> into elements for a meditation on the global economic system, on the real necessity of the current levels of transport, as well as on the importance of power. Great planes are fragments of a system that, just like the great planes taking off and landing on screen, is not only powerful, but also somewhat crude.

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  • Title: < ausfahrt > (exit_salida)
  • Direction: Marisa Maza
  • Production: Marisa Maza. 1997.
  • Duration: 00:07:00
  • Original format: Betacam SP
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Copyright