Impossible Figures And Other Stories I

In an empty city, at what feels like the end of time, an ancient woman recalls the world past, the world it was promised to be, and what came to be.

Filmmaker Marta Pajek draws on Escher’s impossible objects and marries them to the socio-political ideas that seemed so plausible but were impossible to realise in real life. However, while Escher’s objects were harmless, the molding of people into impossible figures is not so. The world as something half-dreamed, half-remembered, seems now like a graveyard, silent as the failures of our ideas has left us devastated.

Following on from watching Mir, my first thought was of this as metaphor for the fall of the Soviet Union, but I think it’s more open that than. Equally as she wanders round the empty city, absent now of human figures, save the headless mannequins in shop windows, you could say it is a metaphor for how capitalism is leading us all to annihilation, the impossible figure being one who exploits exponential wealth from a finite planet, forever. As the floods pour into the city, it is could also be seen as an ecological message.

Ultimately it is a short animation on our propensity to self-destruction, through our inability to separate what is real from what is imagined. It closes on the old woman’s face, nearly drowning, singing in German ‘Where have all the flowers gone?”, ending as it sinks inevitably downwards,” When will we ever learn?”