I put myself in an uncanny, weird state by reading spooky swiss-myths and fables. 

Then i wander with my videocamera through the countryside of switzerland, allways close to the

suburbs of little swiss cities and i record everything that looks legendary, incredible, eerie or just frightening. it means i didn´t search for images, rather the fables comes to my images.

The making of images become a mythical ritual act. By using visual methods i explore the edge between subjective images and a landscape cultivated for purposes of agriculture and stockbreeding. I try to trace the cultural identity in the fables and myths. so videofables is not a product, rather the end of a process.

I read about 200 swiss-myths and fables. most of the tales describe short incidents or occurrences. 

The complexity of the fables is rather located in signs and states then in a dramaturgy-structure.

There are is a hunger-demon which eats his own heel, a magic „hex-cats“, a burning man in a toolbox, nightmares called „toggeli“, a horse without head, processions of dead persons, poor souls and the ghost of a cow´s maw...

Background of the fables is the material misery and threatening circumstances in the alps and not a psychological romanticism of effulgent mountaineers. often it´s a brutal daily hunger, aggressive landscape, loneliness, poverty and belief in destiny which are reflected in the tales. still the basic problems of our civilization...

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung: NAIRS / Atelier-Stipendium / Janet Haufler
Videostills: © Ariane Andereggen





Format: DVD color, mono, engl.UT

Lenght: 09:35

Year: 2003 / 2004

Voice-Over: Ariane Andereggen

Sounds: Häusermann / Hägler / Schütz und Ursin

Videographie & Prize:

2004 Schweizer Wettbewerb Videoex-Festival Zürich 

2004 Kasseler Dokumentarfilmfestival 

2004 Shortfilm Hamburg 

2004 Macau Media Arts Festival / Hongkong 

2004 Fresh Videofestival kmutt / Bangkok / Thailand 

2005 Fear No Film Festival Salt Lake City / Utah 

2005 Cinematexas / Austin 

2005 Kino Brotfabrik Berlin 

2005 Ex-Ground Filmfest / Wiesbaden 

2006 Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Kunstportal Baden-Würtemberg 

2006 Filmbüro Bremen / Videoparadiso 

2006 www.swissfilms.ch


2003 Gruppenausstellung Anderswelten II Kunstraum / München