Tristes Déserts – A Robot’s Tale

  • 2015
  • Austria
  • 8 mins
  • English

Music Video Competition

Stephanie Winter
Daniel Moshel
August Schram, Reinhold Kammerer

TRISTES DÉSERTS – A ROBOT`S TALE is the filmic-musical result from the baroque- and sci-fi-inspired collaboration between artist Stephanie Winter, tenor August Schram and electronic duo Austrian Apparel. Originating in the idea of an audiovisual realization of M.A. Charpentier’s lyrical song “Tristes Déserts” and motivated by the constant interaction of image and sound, a baroque-intergalactic musical short film was developed, in which the boundaries between human and machine, between baroque music and electronic sounds become blurred. In a time dominated by artificial intelligence, the extravagant musical short film tells the story of a lonely baroque robot in a battle between good and evil, recalling the magic of the early cinema.

Stephanie Winter studied Painting & Post-Conceptual Art Practicesat the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Berlin University of Arts. Her thesis project, the 12-piece installation “Paternoster”, won the prize of the Academy. Her films and installations were featured at numerous international festivals and exhibition. In 2014 she obtained the Fine Art Talent Award of the City of Vienna and will be artist in residence at the Cité des Arts in Paris. She works on large-scale film-, video and installation-projects but also devotes her time to painting.


2015 VIS Vienna Independent Shorts (Austria) – Best National Music Video
2015 Sardinia Film Festival (Italy) – Best Experimental

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