Mad Mieter
by M+M, Germany 2019, 6'
SHOOTING: Sebastian Cramer   MUSIC: Moritz Eggert
SOUND: Robert F. Kellner   LANGUAGE: sound 

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film    Presented at the 14th edition of Lo schermo dell'arte, 2021

Freely inspired by Roman PolaÅ„ski’s psychological horror film Repulsion, this short video by German artist duo M+M, Marc Weis and Martin De Mattia, was filmed in 3D in a perfectly reconstructed miniature home setting. Soon the scenario that reproduces an old-fashioned bourgeois apartment is covered with a disturbing feeling, an occult writing in chalk appears on the floor and the careful movements of thin legs reveal the tenant: a praying mantis. In the bedroom, the female’s cannibalism of her partner takes place, typical of these fascinating insects. The viewer witnesses this bloody and meticulous ritual extrapolated from its natural environment and inserted in a space belonging to our private lives. The soundtrack, a persistent hum with the crunch of the carapace as it is eaten, fills the tiny rooms with an intensity typical of the cinema of fear.

M+M is an artist duo composed of Marc Weis (Luxembourg, 1965) and Martin De Mattia (Germany, 1963) active since 1994. They have exhibited at: MAMbo, Bologna (2021, 2016); Goethe Institut, Berlin (2021); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2021); Munich Re Art Gallery, Munich (2021); Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz (2020); Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2020); Galerie Helga de Alvear, Madrid (2019); Museum für Fotografie, Berlin (2016).
Selected Filmography
2018 Der 8 2015 Freitag; Dienstag; Dienstag des Skorpions 2014 Der; Euphorie



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