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Country of origin: Germany
Year of origin: 2021
Duration: 6:37
Age Restriction: 12+


Name/Title: Maria Korporal


Director: Maria Korporal
Script: Maria Korporal
Music: Edoardo Pistolesi Somigli
Producer: Maria Korporal


Experimental, Artistic


Pastel on Paper, Live Action

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Pervitin Power

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Maria Korporal


⁣Pervitin was the drug of Nazi Germany: a methamphetamine, which give users a feeling of pleasure, confidence, and energy beyond what they normally experience. Pervitin was officially prescribed for soldiers and certainly contributed to the success of the Blitzkrieg and subsequent German invasions. Pervitin is known in our time as Crystal Meth. “Meth” is also the Jewish word for “death”, and came to my mind in connection with the Prague legend of the Golem, which has fascinated me for decades. In Jewish folklore the Golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, which is brought to life by writing the word EMETH, meaning “truth”, on its forehead. To disable the Golem, one can erase the E from EMETH, creating METH – “death”.
The formula METH-EMETH functions as a mechanical method to simulate a consciousness at will. It strongly reminds me of the Nazis practices and of other war leaders, who intend to manipulate their soldiers with narcotics, stirring up their will to assassinate. The drug puts them in a state of trance and less aware of the atrocities they commit. They act as non-human robots do. However, we ought to call this behaviour inhuman.
In my work “Pervitin Power” I try to express these thoughts. The video has been recorded in 360° in a room of the Schwerbelastungskörper, a large cylinder made of concrete in Berlin. It was built in 1941 to study the feasibility of constructing large buildings on the area’s sandy bottom, in preparation for the planned construction nearby of a massive Triumphal Arch, that Hitler wanted to build for his Germania city project. The arch was never built, but the cylinder is still there.
In this room charged with history, I take on the role of the soldier and discover that my clone is sitting opposite me. After simulating a Pervitin shot and putting on a gas mask (an original WWII item), a change of consciousness takes place. Concepts such as TRUTH, HUMAN, ROBOT, POWER, ALIEN are written on the foreheads of me and my clone. From these emerge animated drawings and images. They move through the space like hallucinations and culminate into a violent climax.

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- The Short Nights of Berlin, Kino Central Berlin
- FilMuzik, Bird Production, Gioiosa Ionica RC, Italy
- Eclectic Dreams III, video art program curated by David King on VisualcontainerTV
- TCA’s Open Screen, Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, New Mexico, USA
- Clapperboard Golden Festival
- Festival Internazionale del Cinema Patologico
- T-Short Animated Film Online Festival 2022
- ⁣ESSENCE/ABSENCE, Pavilion of The Wrong Biennale n°5
- ⁣Verfremdung, Gallery VBK, Berlin

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