PETER LIECHTI (1951-2014)
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SIGNER'S SUITCASE – On the Way with the Artist Roman Signer (1996, Documentary/Essay, 16mm 3:4. 35mm 16:9 Dolby Mono. HDCAM-SR. DigiBeta. DVD. , 82 & 52(TV)')
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SIGNERS KOFFER is a kind of road movie across Europa. From the Siviss Alps to eastern Poland, from Stromboli to Iceland. Always following the scenery's magically charged contours. Immersing yourself, letting yourself be infected, then travelling on. Roman Signer determines the route that we are moving on and the film improvises along the way.
Being on the road also means tracking down the right places. Signer brings them alive using his own personel instruments, brilliantly simple operations full of subtle humour. «Simple» poems being transmitted into space with INSTRUMENTS as gunpowder, fuse, rubber boots, balloons, stool, small table ... and a three wheelded Plaggio.
SIGNERS KOFFER is also a journey through the state of mind. A tightrope walk between fun and melancholy. Danger also mental mental danger becomes the stimulus of the senses. Sudden crashes, abrupt chagnes of mood determine the rythm and atmosphere of this cinematic journey.

«On the balance between Schalk and melancholy... On the way with the artist Roman Signer - an attempt to the ideal cruising speed.»

«I have a sensitive hearing - I am ashamed almost for the noise, which an explosion causes.»
Roman Signer

- Visions du Réel, Nyon, Wettbewerb, 1996
- Locarno 1996
- Duisburg 1996
- Diagonale Graz, 1998
- Leipzig 1996
- Viennale 1996
- MoMa New York 2008
- Crossing Festival Beijing 2008
- IFF Rotterdam 2009
- BAFICI, Buenos Aires, 2010
- La Rochelle, 2010
- IFF La Rochelle, 2010
- Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato/Mexico 2012

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