Schwarzer Tod and the Useless Eaters


Quintan Ana Wikswo’s films are created in collaboration with composers and choreographers, and designed for stage projection during live performance, or as installations within museum exhibition. Projected onto screens, scrims, and public spaces, the films become an interactive presence with dancers, musicians, and actors, as well as audiences and visitors. Whenever possible, the films are projected to scale, so that humans take on a proportional size within the ecologies and architectures of the filmscape.

Wikswo creates her original films through a visual vocabulary drawn from many different cameras – a combination of salvaged 120mm and 35mm still cameras and hand animations, 35mm motion picture cameras, and digital cameras using salvaged vintage lenses.

SCHWARZER TOD AND THE USELESS EATERS is a collaboration between artist Quintan Ana Wikswo (Text, Film) and composer Andrea Clearfield (music) and choreographer Manfred Fischbeck (dance)

Performance Premiere at the Center for Jewish History / Yeshiva University Museum (New York City, 2011).

voice by Mischa Livingstone
translation into Hebrew by Osnat Naor

voice by Annette Aryanpour
translation into German by Dorothea Herreiner

text first published in Denver Quarterly