A visual journey through the Alps, observing the work and research processes of scientists, technicians and disaster relief agencies. The resulting stream of measurements and simulations provides deep insight into a massive yet largely invisible security system.
The Alps. Nowadays there’s hardly a mountain left untouched: the whole region is covered by an almost invisible safety system. Well-camouflaged protective precautions against falling rocks and avalanches are there to ensure accessibility and habitability without fear. Concrete fortifications around isolated farms or sculptural curved walls on the slopes to secure a whole village look conspicuous and almost surreal.
"Safety123" captures these constructions and the work that’s usually done behind the scenes in breathtaking images. Silent sequences show impressively how multi-layered this safety system is: the landscape is ceaselessly surveyed and emergencies are simulated, whether in computer models, test facilities or large-scale disaster exercises. This observational documentary attentively follows the sometimes mysterious-looking activities to portray the human struggle against the forces of nature which are unstoppable despite precision technology.
Curator, author and film educator
Julia Gutweniger et Florian Kofler
Julia Gutweniger was born in 1988 in Merano, Italy. From 2007 to 2015 she studied Fine Arts/Painting at Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria. Florian Kofler was born in 1986 in Merano, Italy. From 2007 to 2018 he studied at the Institute of Media at Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria.
Since 2011 Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler work together as Villa Mondeo on common film projects.