How Long Is Now 2020
video, Full HD, 13:41 min, stereo sound, english subs
A woman is stuck in a time loop. Every time she dies in a slapstick accident in her tiny home,
she is sent back to the start again and respawns. The longer the time loop lasts, the harder it gets
to hold onto supporting structures and routines. This smooth artificial landscape was built on top of
rubble and gigantic human errors. How to build a livable present while you‘re stuck in virtual limbo?
How Long Is Now meditates on isolation, the nature of routines and thought patterns, the well-trodden paths of timetravel plots, and if you‘re indeed hurting continuity while killing time.
I wanted to make a video that not only allowed itself some kind of dilletantism, making up meaning
as we go and thus exposing its mechanism, shaking up immersion by using every take we did right next to
its respective others, not remembering which one was the „failed“ version. Respawns, saving points like in
video games, flashbacks, hangovers, lags, slowmotion trainwrecks and returns of undead problems from
unruly graves mark our life with the unevenly distributed COVID19 hyperobject, as we try to make sense
of it in real-time, constantly re-adjusting.
How Long Is Now had its premiere at European Media Art Festival Osnabrück 2020, and was nominated for EMAF Award and VDFK Award.
with Giulia Zabarella
all else Laura Leppert