Kasia Fudakowski, Word Count 04 (The Martyrdom of Professor Sanchez), 2018, HD video, 3” 34′
Word Count is a fragmentary film project consisting of ever-accumulating shorts, which investigate the following scenario from an ever-increasing number of perspectives.
In the near future, scientists confirm a direct correlation between the dramatically rising sea levels and the amount of words that we speak.
Delegates from every nation of the world gather together to find a quick solution and resolve that each citizen of the world shall be rationed to 433 words per day. This comes to be known as Cage Law after John Cage’s 4”33’.
This drip, drip disaster-in-slow-motion horrific farce, follows the lives of four main characters trying to keep their heads above water, where every word counts. Bridget, a stand up comedian, Jennifer, a lawyer specialising in Cage Law, her husband David, an out of work radio DJ and Professor Sanchez, a radical intellectual who rejects and rebels against the philosophy behind Cage Law.
The project’s concept is centered around the idea of working within limits and the production model for creating each ‘film sketch’ also follows this rule. A new sketch illuminating elements of these four character’s narratives will materialise wherever the opportunity arises to shoot, and will fit within the limits that that opportunity provides.
All films written and directed by Kasia Fudakowski
The Professor – Alessandro Brassanello
Jennifer – Lena Reinhold
Police Officer – Manuel Tschernik
Guard 1 – Matthias Schlesinger
Guard 2 – Vincent van Uffelen
Writer and Director – Kasia Fudakowski
Producer – Marietta Auras
Director of Photography – Joji Koyama
Camera Assistant – Jakob Gross
Sound – Paul Glodek
Production Assistant – Ayami Awazuhara
Clapper – Philipp Modersohn
Edit – Joji Koyama
Sound mix – Claudio Somigli
Shot on location at Kunstanstalt.berlin, Ehemalige Haftanstalt Köpenick, Berlin
With support from the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen