• When: Thursday 21 September 2023 10:00 am - Thursday 21 September 2023 11:40 am
  • Admission: Admission Free
  • Booking: Booking required
  • Venue Name: University of Glasgow Advanced Research Centre, 237A
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    11 Chapel Lane, Glasgow G11 6EW

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    Susumu Shingu works with wind and water. For many years he has been creating sculptures that reveal the hidden energies of these elements. His works of art affect the observer deeply, perhaps because they embody, in their idiosyncratic consummate beauty, a principle of life. 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. And then let it free to journey on. Susumu lives according to this principle of acceptance and absorption, with great joy. He looks on in wonder and enjoys. At 75, he has retained the imagination and curiosity of the child who built flying machines and racing cars seventy years ago.

    Shingu’s concern for people and their environments, along with his desire for people to re-discover fundamental life principles, has taken him on a journey to a new destination: Breathing Earth. He sees a place for artists, scientists, and children – a place to learn, discuss, try out and enact. A place to help people develop fresh ideas, sustained by wind energy, creativity and a philosophy shaped by Susumu’s life experience and joy of life. And so, Susumu is on the road, looking for this place and to convince friends and sponsors that art can provide impetus for a healthier relationship with our planet. He is accompanied, in every way, on this journey by his wife Yasuko, with whom Susumu enjoys a relationship based on love and respect. For at its heart Breathing Earth is not a far-off vision to be sought and striven after, but first and foremost a place within us, each and every one of us.

    About the director:

    Thomas Riedelsheimer was born September 1963; studied at the Academy for Film andTelevision in Munich (1984-1991) since1986 free-lance author, director and cameraman in Germany and abroad (Somalia, Tanzania, South Africa, New Zealand, Latvia, Russia, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, Canada, Scotland, India, Georgia, etc.); lecturer at seminars on cinematography and documentary film making; camera work with 16mm, S16mm and 35mm, as well as with all video formats. Until 2008 partner in Filmquadrat, a film production platform with Stefan Tolz and Thomas Wartmann. In 2008, Thomas Riedelsheimer and Stefan Tolz founded the production company Filmpunkt GmbH. Since October 2007 he is teaching regularly at Filmakademie Ludwigsburg, Germany. In 2009/2010 he was teaching film at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada.

    Thomas Riedelsheimer lives in Munich, is married and has two children. He is a member of the German and European Film Accademy. He has several major national and international film and television awards for directing as well as for editing and camerawork and several nominations for the official section of international festivals.

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    Duration: 92 min

    Language: Japanese, English, Italian, German

    Subtitles: English
    No age restrictions


    Shown courtesy of Skyline Productions Ltd and Filmpunkt GmbH