another world

It's dusk in the Indian Ocean. Two palm trees whisper to each other: ‘I want to escape.’

Confined to a small island, they search for ways to survive.

a chaos of interfaces

Money is also searching for ways to survive, reaching into the island through a network of interfaces.
Like membranes, they permit and prevent its circulation.

a survival dance

Bound for destruction? Perhaps, but then, I have this knack of saving myself, in the nick of time, time and again.

I don't want to be overgrown by anything. Though I would like to have the experience.

I just don't want to. Surely, I must be saved.


INTERFACE CHAOS tells the story of two entities struggling for survival in the archipelago of the Seychelles: money and a unique species of palm trees known as coco de mer.

In a world appearing free of human activity the palm trees are trying to grow their fruit. ‘There's no script, just an act’ they whisper to each other.

As the palm trees open up to chaos to try and mark the world with their fruit, money guards itself. Of its vast silent network all is left is dust and the hollow husk of its past dealings.

INTERFACE CHAOS (2019) is a short film by artist duo dmstfctn. This website collects three excerpts from the film.
An extensive interview about its themes is available on NERO.

—BBC Television Centre, London, Oct 2023
—Cafe OTO, London, Sep 2021
—NERO, online, March 2020
—Forum Stadtpark, Graz, January 2020
—Porto Design Biennale, Porto, October 2019
—Trust, Berlin, October 2019
—London Design Festival, London, October 2019
—Evening Class, London, June 2019


Written and directed by


Original soundtrack



Kinda Gozo


Gabriel Cautain


Tara D'Arquian



Camera assistant

Rokas Juozapavicius

Hair styling, makeup

Saffron Dunlop



3D design

William Fairbrother

Sound mix

Mark Durham

Equipment, studios

Ravensbourne University London

Web design


Works cited

The Living Planet (1984)
courtesy of the BBC

Stephen Metcalf
Black Capital (1995)

Gilles Deleuze
Proust and Signs (1994)
Courtesy of University of Minnesota Press
English translation: Richard Howard

Friedrich Nietzsche
The Gay Science (fragments 1881-82)
Seychellois translation: Demystification Committee

Paul Klee
The Rescue (1905)
English translation: Anselm Hollo

Made possible with the support of London College of Communication and Ravensbourne University London

dmstfctn would like to thank: Andrea Karch, Bob Wilson, Letizia Rustichelli, Mina Amiri Kalvøy, Nikola Marić, Noémi Varga, Paolo Davoli, Ricardo Saavedra, and tiagsssss