Linger On Your Pale Blue Eyes
HD Video, 17:31min (loop), colour, 5.1 surround sound, 2016
Linger On Your Pale Blue Eyes invites the viewer to immerse themselves in a scientist's stream of consciousness, as she escapes from East to West Germany. Having suffocated psychologically from living in a suppressive political system, she flees East Germany by swimming through the Black Sea in darkness. In pursuit of freedom she navigates herself with the aid of the Polar Star under the continuously changing starry sky.
Linger On Your Pale Blue Eyes is based on a scientific document written by a chemist, in which he describes the process of astronavigation during his escape from East to West Germany in 1969. This work was developed in collaboration with a dancer/choreographer from the Forsythe Company/Frankfurt, a composer from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre/Vilnius, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics/Heidelberg and The Institute for Quantum Optics and Information/Vienna.
Director: Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi
Director's assistant: Johannes Lehnen
Script: Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi
Anonymous Author, Astronavigation (2012).
Giorgio Agamben, What Is The Contemporary? (2009).
Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho (1986).
Clarice Lispector, Agua Viva (1973).
Choreography/Performance: Frances Chiaverini
Voices: Frances Chiaverini, Hoang Son Doan
Cinematography: Arri Amira / Hoang Son Doan; GoPro / Frances Chiaverini, Hoang Son Doan, Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi; Mobile phone camera / Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi
Camera assistants: Jeremy Bourgois, Alexandre Cabanne
Found footage: Hussein Chalayan - Spring/Summer Collection 2007
Sonic composition: Gaile Griciute
Sound recording: Gaile Griciute, Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi
Sound engineering: Gabriele Griciute
Editing: Leo Lochmann, Ian Purnell
Colour grading: Loup Brenta (Cobalt Films)
Special thanks to Mehrshad Atashi, Arturas Bumsteinas, Clementine Coupau, Nico Czyz, Peter Fischli, Anna Goetz, Patrick Keaveney, Jörg Redeker, Mahsa Saloor, Simon Starling, Hoa Thuyen, Nour Tourmeh, Institute for Quantum Optics and Information - Vienna / Manuel Erhard, Mehul Malik, Mariusz Semzu, Amir Tavalla, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy - Heidelberg / Tri Laksmana Astraatmadja, Klaus Jäger, The German National Academic Foundation / Julia Apitzsch, Jana Lisicki, Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology / Amir Moqanaki.