Word Count 01 (The Argument, Heiligenberg), 2016

Kasia Fudakowski, Word Count 01 (The Argument, Heiligenberg), 2016, HD video, 3” 8′

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




Jennifer – Christiane Kragh

David – Mark Kragh

Senior Auditor – Zbigniew Kulesza

Junior Auditor – Colum Bay

Kiosk vendor – Britta Bay


Writer and Director – Kasia Fudakowski

Director of Photography – Joji Koyama

Sound – Mark Van Yetter and Sam Anderson

Clapper – Stefanie Fehringer

Edit – Joji Koyama

Sound mixing – Victor Tricard

Original music composed by Victor Tricard

Shot on location at Schloss Heiligenberg, Germany.

With thanks to

Fürstenberg Contemporary

Developed through Feature Expanded, a training programme organised by HOME and Lo Schermo dell’arte, co-funded by the Creative MEDIA Europe programme of the European Union