Insomniac City


A multi-media art project from the rejuvenated Mille Plateaux label. The DVD disc (two-sided, both NTSC and PAL formats; for worldwide viewing) features a 40-minute feature film written & directed by Slavin. The CD features 77 minutes of post-clicks'n'cuts atmospheric sound design that acts both as a soundtrack to the movie and a completely separate audio listening experience. Insomniac City is a cinematic project in parts which morphs, changes form, story and length as it develops, by Israeli audiovisual artist Ran Slavin. A time-specific video, this Mille Plateaux release features the latest episode, Insomniac City [vers3]: Did I die? Did I kill? A man suffering from insomnia tries to recall how he had been shot in one of the city's underground car parks. A fragmented nonlinear stream of events that encompasses day and night, Tel Aviv is spliced through chaotic observations, a vague notion of reality, physical and mental spheres, drifting between the known reality and a hallucinatory one. The movie blends urban spaces and modes of perception. It encounters estrangement, loss of identity, loss of memory, dreams and floods, a gun, futuristic architecture and artificial islands. Through the memory of the figure at play, an exploration of the city spaces takes place, as the city is experienced through an obscure labyrinth of insomnia fighting to distinguish real from unreal. It explores through video and sound possible scenarios of a city in transit, shifting and decaying while checking the boundaries of inner and external worlds, documentary and fiction, present, dream and future, architecture, physical and metaphysical. Insomnia dictionary translation: Chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time. A periodical suspension of the functions, as well as of those of the voluntary and rational soul; that state of the animal in which there is a lessened acuteness of sensory perception, a confusion of ideas, and a loss of mental control, followed by a more or less unconscious state. This is the soundtrack and movie all in one.