“He told me the other day. There is an elephant in Manzhouli. It sits there all day long. Perhaps some people keep stabbing it with forks. Or maybe it just enjoys sitting there. I don't know. People gather there, watching it sitting still. They feed the elephant food but it takes no notice.”
Palimpsest of the Africa Museum documents the renovation of the Royal Museum of Central Africa (now Africa Museum) by presenting it as a process of aesthetic mourning, highlights the complexity of its transformation and shows, through the eyes of the African diaspora in Belgium, the real
“In an undefined setting, workers are doing a neverending series of monotonous tasks. Except for one person – the one in control of the cycle. In the minds of the workers, we hear flashes of the outside world. Is this liberty or is this a prison? What happens when the chain of work derails?”
Moving back and forth through time, High Life's action unfolds aboard a shoebox-like spaceship where death row prisoners are futilely transported across the universe in search of a new energy source and subjected to secretive fertility experiments by a fluid-obsessed scientist.
“Hong captures these contrasting dramas in typically unadorned style, utilizing the hotel as both a symbolic space of refuge and reconciliation and a practical setting for the comings and goings of a variety of personalities (although, curiously, these five seem to be the hotel’s only visitors –