Exposed

"Exposed" heißt wörtlich übersetzt so viel wie "preisgegeben" oder "freiliegend". In der Photographie bedeutet es "belichtet".
Siegfried A. Fruhaufs gleichnamiger Film arbeitet mit dieser Doppelbedeutung: Exposed nimmt eine kurze Spielfilmszene – ein Mann beobachtet eine tanzende Frau durch das Schlüsselloch – als Ausgangsmaterial, das dem Blick des Zuschauers nur fragmentarisch preisgegeben wird. Indem Fruhauf die Perforation eines Filmstreifens wie ein bewegliches Sieb vor dem Projektor wandern läßt, "belichtet" er die Szene neu.
Der Blick des Publikums auf das Szenario bleibt selektiv. Während uns die bewegliche Schablone immer nur kleine Teile des Bildfeldes zur Sicht freigibt, wiederholt sich das "Peeping Tom"-Motiv der Narration in unserer eigenen Wahrnehmung. Das Sehen verliert seine Selbstverständlichkeit und gewinnt gerade deshalb an Reiz.
Auch auf zeitlicher Ebene bricht Fruhauf die intendierte Bewegung der Found Footage. Der scheinbaren Unregelmäßigkeit der Lichtfelder, die das Material abtasten, stellt er einen metronomisch genauen Schnitttakt entgegen, der es segmentiert. Oft weichen aufeinanderfolgende Einstellungen nur minimal voneinander ab. Wie bei einer Schallplatte mit Sprung ergeben sich kleinste, aber regelmäßige Verschiebungen im Ablauf.
Die neue Bewegung des Films ist also ein Palimpsest aus mehreren Schichten: einer Ausgangsszene, die segmentiert und neu zusammengesetzt, und deren Bildfeld schließlich in ein wanderndes Prisma zerlegt wird.
Gemeinsam mit der Tonebene, einem an- und abschwellenden Rauschen, Tropfen und Flüstern, geht von Fruhaufs Studie über das Sehen und Gesehen Werden, das Licht und die Bewegung – kurz über das Kino – eine geradezu hypnotische Wirkung aus.

(Maya McKechneay)

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Seven Instances of the Austrian Avant-Garde, by Ed Halter

Thomas Bernhard tells the story of two professors at the University of Graz who move themselves and their families into a single house together for the purpose of continuing an entrenched, decades-long philosophical argument. After embroiling a third colleague in the dispute, they invite him over to their shared home, then blow up the building—thus ending the discussion. “They had spent all the money they had left,” Bernhard writes, “on the dynamite necessary for the purpose.”

Imagine this tale as a parable of the distinctive paradoxes of avant-garde cinema. Exceedingly erudite conceptual structures and complex aesthetic systems achieve realization through collisions of light and sound, designed to throw the viewer into a confrontation with the barest elements of cinematic form, made possible with the slightly antiquated products of 19th century science. The formalist edge of Austrian filmmaking has always pushed such extremes—machine flatness and spiritual emotion, animal shock and cognitive puzzle, fleshy materialism and ghostly mystery.

Austria’s success in fostering such a powerful experimental film scene is well known among cineastes worldwide. A conflux of generative factors can be cited: the storied history of avant-garde art and literature in Vienna; the influence of filmmakers such as Valie Export, Peter Kubelka and Kurt Kren, who attained international renown decades ago; the success of shorts distributor sixpackfilm, which has helped keep Austrian artists prominent in international festivals; and, not least, the long-standing commitment of governmental organizations such as Film Division of the Department of the Arts to fund such adventurous, non-narrative films. Dynamite doesn’t come cheaply.

Look at a sample seven titles underwritten by the Film Division, and the impact of this sustained support will be made clear.

1. Kurt Kren, 49/95 Tausendjahrekino (1995)

There is a discernable sensibility to Austrian experiments—a cluster of threads that run through many of finest examples of filmmaking. Commissioned to mark the cinema’s centenary, Kren’s Tausendjahrekinoopens with a title screen speckled with black bits of dust and detritus, then volleys through staccato flashes of tourists pointing cameras up at the St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. Each of their banal snaps is countered by Kren’s guerrilla anthropology, captured with his shaking, zooming lens. Like this one, the best Austrian films are short, brutal and dirty.


2. Martin Arnold, Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998)

Arnold takes Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, two icons of innocent 1930s Americana, then stretches and remixes their language and body movements into a minuet of robotic jitters and beastly bleats, uncovering an uneasy sexual tension in the triangle of girl, boy and mother. The filmmaker digs deeps, hits nerves.

3. Elke Groen, Tito-Material (1998)

From the rubble of a decimated cinema in Bosnia and Herzogovina, Groen found propaganda newsreel footage of Yugoslavian President-for-Life Tito. Reprinted, Tito moves silently under layers of decay. Peter Gidal once defined materialist cinema as trafficking in “that space of tension between materialist flatness, grain, light, movement, and the supposed reality that is represented.” To this Tito-Materialadds the tension between past and present, state-sponsored fantasy and political reality.

4. Gustav Deutsch, Film Ist. (1998/2002)

The past becomes an ever stranger land in Film Ist. , filled with disjunctive colonialist mansions, supernatural religious footage, and accidentally surrealist science documentaries, all snatched from the era of silent cinema. These fragments are slowed down, re-cut and set to staticky electronic soundscapes. The flicker and hum evoke a hypnotic state: revisiting times lost as a form of disembodied dreaming. The soundtrack itself presages the experiments in digital, visual glitch seen in a more recent generation of Austrian video art.

5. Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Exposed (2001)

White oblong shapes float like clouds across one another, sailing across an expanse of movie-screen blackness, each glowing box in the round-cornered shape of a 16mm sprocket hole. One again a spirit is summoned from the very materials of the machine.

5. Kerstin Cmelka, Camera (2002)

In Cmelka’s earlier films, Mit Mir and Et In Arcadia Ego, the filmmaker plays with her own doppelgangers, superimposing herself upon herself multiple times. Camera uses similar optical tricks to print moving images of woodlands on the interior walls of a small room. Recall that “camera” merely means “room” or “chamber” in Latin: so is the film camera offer a window on the world, or merely in illusion of one? Maybe we can’t really leave the room—or camera—after all.

7. Peter Tscherkassky, Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine (2005)

American critics blithely assume that films from outside our borders always comment on our own culture—as if the world’s artistic output had the mere function of an elaborate vanity mirror for us (“So, tell me honestly, how do I look?”). But here such a claim does not feel like this kind of indulgence. Tscherkassky takes moments from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and handprints them into a rat-a-tat-tat wartime montage. The throb of exploding bullets reminds us of the clacking of the projector over our heads: the reflection throws us out of the theater and back into the world.

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Certainly not every nation that has chosen to invest its capital into filmmaking has been as fortunate as Austria with the cultural returns. In many other nations, governmental financing and grant foundations make the mistake underwriting the bland and inoffensive. The strategy in Austria seems to have been to support the strongest elements of the idiosyncratic and rebellious fringe, to encourage daringly noncommercial work, and to strive for art, rather than mere entertainment.

Look at key words from these seven titles: kino, waste, material, film, exposed, camera, light and sound machine. Austrian experimental cinema always returns to contemplate its own being, but in doing so, seeks new engagement with the world.

Orig. Titel
Exposed
Jahr
2001
Land
Österreich
Länge
9 min
Kategorie
Avantgarde/Kunst
Orig. Sprache
Kein Dialog
Downloads
Exposé (FR) (Text)
Exposed (Text)
exposed (Bild)
exposed (Bild)
Credits
Regie
Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Konzept & Realisation
Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Mit Unterstützung von
BKA. Kunst
Verfügbare Formate
16 mm (Distributionskopie)
Bildformat
1:1,37 (Normal)
Tonformat
Mono
Bildfrequenz
24 fps
Farbformat
s/w
Festivals (Auswahl)
2001
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
Brest - Festival du Film Court
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
London - BFI International Film Festival
Melbourne - Int. Film Festival
Denver - Int. Film Festival
Montréal - Festival International du Nouveau Film et de la Video
Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film und Video Festival
Olympia - Film Festival
Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
New York - Expo of Short Film & Video
Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens
2002
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Toronto - IMAGES - Independent Film & Video Festival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Angers - Premiers Plans
Tampere - Film Festival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
Windsor - Media City
Ann Arbor - Film Festival
Humboldt - Int. Film Festival
Utrecht - Impakt Festival
Toronto - Worldwide Short Film Festival
Cork - Int. Film Festival
2003
Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage
Tokyo - Image Forum Festival