Category Archives: Video

German educational design studio Kurzgesagt turns to a sobering truth of astrophysics: the fact that 94% of the observable Universe is so far from us that we will never go there, even if we achieve light-speed travel. To wit:

…there is a cosmological horizon around us. Everything beyond it, is traveling faster, relative to us, than the speed of light. So everything that passes the horizon, is irretrievably out of reach forever and we will never be able to interact with it again. In a sense it’s like a black hole’s event horizon, but all around us. 94% of the galaxies we can see today have already passed it and are lost to us forever.

And if that twists your melon, consider this: by the time you’ve watched the video, 22 million more stars will have drifted off beyond our reach.

A 2018 graduation film by Nicolas Roth, Pirmin Bieri, Luca Struchen and Aira Joana of Lucerne School of Art and Design, Switzerland. To wit:

Troubled by the changes he’s going through, a restless backpacker seeks his place in the world. As he experiences a mysterious encounter in a concrete building, he hopes to have finally found such a place.

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An enlightening graduation short by Géraldine Charpentier-Basille tells the deeply personal story of transgender Lou and the difficulties they faced with clothes, periods and labels when growing up.

Inspired by both the work of American philosopher and gender theorist Judith Butler and Charpentier’s “non-queer friends”, the director describes her film as “a representation of a queer person made by a queer person”.

And you think you have problems.

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