Susan Schuppli, the subject of the film, did not actually document the events she describes. Compounding this lack of source material was the elevated nature of the topics discussed. Schuppli is a researcher and an academic so many abstract concepts are dissected in her short film, making it difficult to offer a one-to-one correspondence between subject and visual.
To conquer the lack of source material, MediaStorm’s producers conducted extensive research to find the best available video and still photography for licensing. Then, in order to cover the more abstract portions of the narrative, the producer used metaphorical imagery to suggest lyrical themes rather than specific ideas.
The films were shown on April 11, 2015 at the 2016 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards in New York and launched online on April 12, 2016.
The films available here are the full-length pieces. We also created shorter versions
to show at the awards ceremony.