(2021, 4K, Stereo/Surround, 17:30 Min.)
Contrapunctus V (5) is an experimental documentary featuring Japanese urban architecture. A time capsule of sorts, a multitasking brain (biological and artificial), it makes different themes and voices converge and connect in a structure reminiscent of musical counterpoint.
The images show simultaneous events and multi-layered architectural structures. The soundtrack involves multiple voices interacting in a polyphony, each voice associated with one theme:
there are quotes about sleep, capitalism and work, the emergence of Artificial Intelligence, the effect of the internet and related technologies on attention patterns, and quotes from people suffering from dementia (dementia has a relationship to sleeping habits).
Japan is according to recent statistics the country where the population sleeps the least, and has the worlds largest percentage of older adults. It is in those ways and others at the forefront of issues and trends that are global. The film is not a straightforward portrait of the cities it shows. They become metaphors and a point of departure for a reflection on those global themes and how they connect - a reflection they shape in a unique way.