Green on the other side

Video Artist: Lida Rikker
Country: Duration: 3 min 7 sec


The film “Green on the other side” is a series of breaches across the empty sound of the advertising cover, a clash of contexts causing emotional stress, sometimes a surrealistic gag, sometimes a frightening, alarming scene. The artificialness and falseness of the footage selected is deconstructed intentionally by careless use of the chromakey. The characters reveal their fear of the camera, their lack of confidence, all-too human qualities, while the makers of the stock footage intended them to represent an example of the Ideal. The green color from the saying “the grass is always greener on the other sides”, signifying the constant aspiration towards this Ideal, becomes a guide through an endless corridor, where you can easily lose yourself among social roles and clichés.

Lida Rikker

Lida Rikker, director, media artist.

Born in 1982 in Chelyabinsk. Education:

South Urals State University (Chelyabinsk), psychology faculty.

St. Petersburg New Cinema School, Experimental Film Laboratory.

Works, achievements:

-  The film “Chestnut”, which won a prize at the TYPOMANIA-2014 festival in Moscow and LOOK Up Clipfest in Yekaterinburg in 2014.

- The film “The Swan of Tuonela”, in co-authorship with Alexei Serebryakov, short-film program, “Complete Arthouse” festival, Chelyabinsk, 2015

- The film “The Angry Citizen” at the Experimental program TO STAGE PER FORMA (BDT, St. Petersburg, 2019).

- The “Dolls”, winner of SmallShorts 2019 (St. Petersburg), Best International Student Experimental Short film, Festival Universitario de Cine y Audiovisuales Equinoxio Bogotá (Colombia), participant of the festivals Biofiction, Vienna (Austria) and FIVA Festival Internacional de Videoarte, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bethlehem Student Film Festival (Palestine)

- the project “Long-term Connection” (performance, photogram, video) together with the Andreev Twins. The “Impulse” exhibition project, Sergei Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Center, 2019