Installation with Super 16mm film / HD,
13 min and archive, 2012

Performance: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch

Toxic explores ideas of the toxic, and of toxicity – substances and people that threaten and destabilize conventional notions of purity. 

The film shows two protagonists in an undated time, a punk figure in glitter (Ginger Brooks Takahashi) and a drag queen (Werner Hirsch), both of unclear gender and origin. They linger in an environment of glossy remains, of toxic plants and transformed ethnographic and police photography. While the punk gives a speech on toxicity and a performance referencing early feminist art works, the drag queen reenacts an interview of Jean Genet from the ‘80s and blames the filmmakers for exposing her to the police-like scenario of being filmed. The camera turns and depicts the space-off, the space outside the frame.

What happens if another technology and its history – film and photography instead of chemical substances – is scrutinized from a perspective of toxicity?




Director of Photography: Bernadette Paassen
Photographs: Ouidade Soussi-Chiadmi
Sound: Johanna Herr, Karin Michalski
Set photography: Ouidade Soussi-Chiadmi 
Color Grading: Mathias Behrens (Waveline) 
Sound Design: Rashad Becker




Download Text: Letter to Virginie Bobin by Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz