A Last Migration, Film

When something will never happen again, could you possibly know before?

One of my deepest desires was to understand shamans. Finally I received an invitation from a woman shaman and reindeer herder to be her companion with her family on a last migration over the mountains of Mongolia and Siberia. I accepted this invitation and for many weeks I lived with them as if they were my own brothers and sisters. I realized they lived in the footsteps of the reindeer. Each winter, only because the reindeer love to mate in the highest mountains, they risk their lives to bring them to the summits, where the clouds still linger. Everyday I was astonished by their profound respect for the surrounding nature. When morning came and the tepee was dismantled, the snow would be swept impeccably and every sign of our camp eradicated, all this in the middle of nowhere. This triangular understanding between a small family, their reindeer and the wilderness which encompassed them, was the greatest lesson for me during this migration.

A Last Migration

Coming soon

A 15 minute preview is included with the purchase of "Messages" Art Book and 12 inch Vinyl Record.

Kehrer Verlag, 2018

Designed by Pentagram Berlin: Justus Oehler
30,5 x 31 CM, 114 Pages, 44 Black and White large format Photographs
12” Vinyl Record, 180g, 45 RPM, Stereo
15 minute online preview of "A Last Migration"

Messages consists of three simultaneous presentations: visual with forty-four black and white photographs; emotional through nine written messages which are philosophical and poetical interpretations of human condition in different parts of the world; as well as audio in the form of a 12 inch vinyl record which consists of twenty different recordings from six different countries over a 18 year time span. Always looking for ways to portray this project with as many dimensions as possible and with as much poetic wonderment as I myself felt, I included a short film titled Finding Messages. It shows the atmosphere in which I worked from the original footage, done in different times and different places. A 15 minute preview of a full length feature film titled “A Last Migration” is the ultimate Message in this project.

The vinyl record is a symphony composed, sequenced and edited by the artist, recorded in different places around the world, 1999 to 2016, and is presented in a special slipcase with the “Messages” book as part of the same project.

Includes an exclusive access code to an ultimate Message: a 15 minute online preview of Julia Calfee’s feature film A Last Migration.

“We receive Messages in different ways. They are simply signs that are found in everyday life, often ignored but always present; in dreams, in nature, or in different belief systems. Some of these Messages are found in faraway places, others are within our lives. I did not go out of my way to find these Messages, they were there waiting for me and are as present today as when I found them.”
(from the book Messages, page 3)

“This book, this vinyl record, this film is finished but searching and finding Messages is a life long project for me.”

Available on amazon.com and selected bookstores worldwide.