Breathing Earth: Susumu Shingu Working with the Wind
SCR Stefan Tolz, Leslie Hills
CAM/ED Thomas Riedelsheimer
MUS Shinya Kitamura
PROD CO Filmpunkt / Skyline Productions / WDR
Artist and architect Susumu Shingu has had a lifelong “dialogue with the wind and with water." For many years he has been creating sculptures that reveal the hidden energies of these elements. Their surfaces move to the same wind that we feel. They allow themselves to be carried by it, to absorb it, to change and morph and change again. Susumu lives according to this principle of acceptance and absorption; at 75, he has retained the imagination and curiosity of the child who built flying machines and racing cars 70 years ago. Now he wants to create wind-powered artistic communities. VIFF fave Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides) documents this combination of passionate environmental story and moving exploration of creativity with characteristic eloquence and lustrous imagery.
"Gentle and near-hypnotic, Thomas Riedelsheimer’s Breathing Earth trails Japanese artist Susumu Shingu as he tries to adapt his kinetic sculpture to a much larger, village-sized center for eco-conscious culture… Some of the more exotic vistas seen here—in Scotland, Turkey, and the Monarch butterfly nesting grounds of Mexico—are places Shingu visits while looking for a site on which to build "Breathing Earth," the collection of dome-shaped auditoriums and meeting rooms that has his friend, architect Renzo Piano, teasingly calling him a madman… [This is a] lovely art-documentary that matches its subject’s body of work perfectly…"—John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter