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  1. What does the magical spiritualism of indigenous peoples have to do
 with the profane, everydayness of digital flat screens; and what 
connects Tabu shell money with European currency? Using various levels
 of imagery, the essay film Europium draws connections between Papua
 New Guinea's colonial past and the planned excavation of raw materials from the Bismarck Sea.  The film weaves a narrative around the rare earth element Europium; named after the European continent, the material will be culled from the ocean floor to ensure brilliant color
 images on smartphone displays and other flat screens, and of course
 for its fluorescent property, which is used to guarantee the
 authenticity of euro bank notes. The film describes this seemingly 
mundane fact as a return and repetition of history, pointing in the
 process not only to the complexity of human culture, its economies and 
systems of exchange, but also exposing the invisible ghosts of the 
past as they appear in the modern objects of our lives.   

-Philipp Kleinmichel

  2. Europium

    30 min

    HD

    2014

    Directed by Lisa Rave

    Written by Lisa Rave, Erik Blinderman

    Assistance: Anna Vetter

    1st camera: Nicola Hens

    2nd camera: Erik Blinderman

    Camera  Operator: Moritz Fehr

    Montage: Lisa Rave

    Sound editing: Christian Obermaier

    Color grading: Moritz Fehr

    Produced by Whole Wall Films

  3. Production funded by:

    Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

    Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn

    Videokunst Förderpreis Bremen

    Akademie Schloss Solitude