Russia / Germany | 2018 | 30 min
In The Procedure Kanis takes a fictional museum building as the starting point for her meditations on collectivity and division. Lying in ruins after an unknown disaster, any attempts to ascertain what has happened to the building elicit the same response from the people interviewed: "I saw nothing." The Procedure tracks the conventions and mechanisms that have developed during the period of the museum's reconstruction. As the sequences unfold the viewer becomes privy to a hermetically sealed system, with the building and the surrounding forest now forming an exclusion zone. Access to the outside world is permitted only after completing the routine procedure of questioning and body search in the border zone. Employing her typically laconic style, Kanis uses the microcosm of the museum building to address issues of exclusion, marginalization, and liminality. As we begin to unravel the logic of this universe, we realize that the unknown event which has led the characters to this point has become secondary to the procedure that has developed in its wake.
Screening will be followed by Q&A with Polina Kanis.