le matin

Morning. He begins in the glaring white square. Colored lines flicker across the white field. As they cross the picture, these lines shift in a vertical direction, sometimes quickly and sometimes rather slowly. Jerks and convulsions. Seething on the horizon. They collide and skitter apart. The flickering leaves after-images, mirages - are there two or three horizontal lines, or only one? Or have the eyes begun jiggling from staring at the light?

le matin, Paul Divjak´s video to the song of the same name by Bernhard Fleischmann, plays with perception and light. Warm light. Shades of yellow and orange glow like strips of fire, and then break up into fat points. Fade into black. Similarly to the music (which is dynamized by the images; without the soundtrack, they seem softer and more peaceful), they produce an atmosphere which suggests a (possible) name for the song, that of morning. The music pushes onward while the picture slips and wobbles. Carrying on before it even arrives. In fact, le matin is hand-made. A manual search through the TV channels to the music. Filmed with a video camera, digitally edited and then slightly altered altered. At times, fragile and short-lived patterns can form in this way: a face, a window, a figure leaving a room. But though they never coalesce, never develop a final form, they have a presence. Like images from a dream one cannot forget after waking up the next morning.

(Isabella Reicher)

Orig. Title
le matin
Year
2000
Country
Austria
Duration
4 min 50 sec
Director
Paul Divjak
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Downloads
le matin (Image)
Credits
Director
Paul Divjak
Concept & Realization
Paul Divjak
Music
Bernhard Fleischmann
Available Formats
Betacam SP (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2000
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
2002
Tokyo - Image Forum Festival
2004
Buenos Aires Festival Int. de Cine Independiente BAFICI