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Clocks is an animated short film which offers an impression of the (working)-life of the 37-year-old composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin. An abstract introduction leads us into the halls, where the Multimediale Karlsruhe took place in November 1993. Elena Kats-Chernin was commissioned by the Zentrum fuer Kunst und Musik (ZKM) to compose Clocks for the Multimediale.

Accompanied by her own music, we see Elena Kats-Chernin at work: composing, at the piano, in dialogue with Richard Toop (musicologist), Daryl Pratt (percussionist) and Elizabeth Burton (dancer).

Sometimes the film leaves her and focuses on the music entirely by using abstract painting. The viewer becomes the listener.


Kirsten Winter was born in 1962 in Hanover and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Braunschweig from 1981-1987. Since 1990, she has been making commercials, teaching films, and artistic films. She has taught at numerous international art academies, including the California Institute of Arts since 2004. A selection of her works includes: Clocks (1995), Smash (1997), Just in Time (1999), Kandinsky's Violet (2000), Circus S (2000), Escape (2001), Restored Weekend (2003), and Filmolog (2003).
Genre Art, Music, Animation
Category Short
Year of Production 1995
Director Kirsten Winter
Producer Kirsten Winter/Los Angeles
Length 6 min
Festivals Rotterdam 2005

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