The film “Continuously Habitable Zones” (C.H.Z.) by Philippe Parreno was created in 2011 and commissioned by the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin, und Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel. Parreno expresses in the approximately 13-minute film his project of a “cinematographic landscape” – a garden in which different locations merge, which appear as well mythical as real. C.H.Z. was created using the “day-for-night” filming process, in which frames shot during the day or in dim light are manipulated to appear to show night scenes (by means of lens filters, post-production color adjustment, accentuation of blue shading, etc.). Reinforced by the extreme black-and-white contrasts and the hard shadows, this effect increases the impression of artificiality in the film sequences.
The dramatic density of the film is tangible for the reader through numerous stills and drawings acting as a movie script. A text by Renate Wiehager explains the background and contextualizes the film as part of Parreno’s artistic work.
With texts by Philippe Parreno and Renate Wiehager.