'Kart Kids' Follows the Lives of Juvenile Racing Drivers

Ranging from the ages of 8 to 13.

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American-German artist and filmmaker Christopher Kippenberger is really into cars. Having made some of the most noteworthy automobile videos in recent years, Kippenberger’s latest project to come full circle is Kart Kids Der Film, a short documentary that paints a portrait of juvenile racing drivers and their adrenaline-filled paths to potential F1 success, or whatever course their lives might take.

The three-minute video above, courtesy of NOWNESS, takes us to the racing tracks, where 8-year-old Hugo, 10-year-old Ole Scharp and 13-year-old Celine show us their gear and tell us about their dreams beyond the automotive world. The Kippenberger Studio clip below, published five years ago, focuses on then-9-year-old Curtis who shows us his toy cars and explains how real car grips work.

“Kart Kids is a project that I’ve been shooting for ten years now,” Kippenberger explains. “It takes disposable media and reverses it. It’s an extended study not only of racing, but of its personalities and what comes next—regardless of what that may entail.” 

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