“Once there was a man, alone in his car, driving down a highway at dawn. His mind was sliding between the states of concentration and relaxation. Then slowly he was approaching another car which was pulling a horse trailer. “A horse!”, he thought, “A horse with wheels! Riding at a hundred kilometers an hour!” He burst into laughter. “Why do we put wheels on a horse?”, he thought, “How strange we are!” This man was me, your filmmaker, and this moment was the beginning of this film.”

These are the narrator’s opening lines in A HORSE WITH WHEELS. In an essayistic style, this video attempts to reconnect us with the maker of mankind’s first piece of art, it’s first known “useless tool”. Carved in the last Ice Age, 13.000 years ago, out of a mammoth tusk, the almost unknown object “The Swimming Reindeer” shines a light on an outstanding step in human development: the arrival of art and the modern brain.

Camera: Jan Martinec & Clemens Wilhelm
Sound Design: Christian Wittmoser
Sound Mix: Tobias Böhm, bvft
Voice Recording: Bertold Heiland
Edit: Clemens Wilhelm
Narrator: Clemens Wilhelm
Production Assistant France: Rowan Smith
Translator France: Thibaud Imbert
Sculpture Replica: Cobweb