Lars Von Trier Invites You to Interpret Six Artworks for 'Gesamt' Film Project

by Sophia Savage
August 13, 2012 12:12 PM
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Gauguin's 'Where do we come from? Where are we going?'
As part of the Copenhagen Art Festival, Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier is challenging people, as usual, with "Gesamt," an open invitation to folks around the globe to reinterpret six great works of art through a lens or recording sound. Trier sets the rules for the film project (see trailer below) and invites us all to create the content. Director Jenle Hallund will put everything together at the end.

Questions the projects poses: What is the result when people reinterpret the great and controversial art pieces of our time? Is it for everyone to make art? What is art? And do we stand out the most when we stand together?

“This project is interesting because it is based on ordinary people's creativity and imagination," Hallud says. "Therefore It has the potential to reveal the health of a civilization by exposing its soul. Together we can try and create a cacophonous testimony of the human conditions greater purpose than power and profit.. When these great works are filtered through the body and mind, what do we end up with? Regimentation or revolution? Bigotry or innovation?"

Participants may submit up to five minutes of material, and may do so several times. Originality and enthusiasm take precedence over technical skill. The deadline is September 6. The work will debut October 12 at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen. More on the six art works and project details are below.

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  • Justin D. Hilliard | October 4, 2012 1:58 AMReply

    We are thrilled and honored to be a part of Von Trier's GESAMT at Striped Socks Productions ( - feel free to contact us at stripedsocksproductions (@) gmail (dot) com with any questions. Thanks for originally posting about this!

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