Hello, I'm Markus Wambsganss, a music video and film director living in Berlin, Germany. In the past I directed music videos for artists like Anti-Pop Consortium, Funkstörung, Jamie Lidell, Liars, The Notwist, among others. With Liars I also worked on an experimental band documentary / full album music video hybrid called By Your Side, which was part of their Drum's Not Dead CD/DVD album on Mute Records. I also directed several short films - documentary, experimental, narrative - that got screened at film festivals worldwide.
Mouse on Mars - Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner
With 21 AGAIN, a documentary film about german electronic music band Mouse on Mars, I want to further explore the possibilities of the band documentary format, dig deep into the private archive of the band and unearth unseen treasures from their 21 year long band history.
Jan St. Werner with Stereolab (Laetitia Satier and Time Gane)
Creatively restless, sonically daring, propelled by tiny details as much as by enormous leaps of faith - Mouse On Mars are one of the very few electronic groups to sound as innovative and surprising now as they did when they started out 21 years ago. And after eleven albums, constantly moving forward, not to mention innumerable collaborations and side-projects, it's finally time to look back at what happened in all those years.
Mouse on Mars with visual artist Rosa Barba
Digging through their accumulated, vast material archive will be a time-consuming, but rewarding task and with your contribution you can enable us to create this time-capsule, where I can then fully explore the history of this shapeshifting duo, find the relevant pieces and structure them, to create a film collage that reflects the working mechanisms of Mouse on Mars - openness, speculation,
overload, improvisation, dissonance, playfulness, intuition - and
abandons the path of conventional band biographies.
Mouse on Mars with long-term collaborator Dodo NKishi
Foremost this campaign will help fund the in-depth edting process and post production of this film, but we also need to clear some rights for rare TV footage, like the first ever Mouse on Mars concert, which was directly aired on MTV back in 1993! Then I want to film interviews with collaborators like Dodo NKishi, Markus Popp/Oval, F.X. Randomiz, Mark E. Smith, Stereolab, André de Ridder, Tyondai Braxton, Matthew Herbert, Tortoise and also friendly artists and thinkers like Rosa Barba, Dietmar Dath, Ólafur Elíasson, Oswald Wiener and Siegfried Zielinski, to figure out what makes Mouse on Mars so unique and meaningful, even beyond the realms of electronic and/or pop music, but in a more general light as 21st Century cutting-edge contemporary sound artists.
Mouse on Mars with Markus Popp/Oval and F.X. Randomiz
And last, but not least, I also want to document the 2-day Mouse on Mars festival in Berlin at HAU Hebbel am Ufer later this year, where Andi Toma and Jan St. Werner will unfold their constantly expanding, sprawling microcosm. This event for their 21st anniversary isn't intended to become a classical retrospective, but more an experimental set-up where old and new Mouse on Mars related projects get intertwined with contributions from collaborating artists, scientists and thinkers.
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