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Making and listening to music are physical processes embedded in social movements, writes Simon Frith. This fact is important with regard to the visual characters of electronic music productions to the extent that it is normally negated. The sensorial complexity of these practices seem to be reproducible only through the precision and abstraction of digital data. Michaela Grill´s visual work makes use of a concrete wall as the smallest identifiable element of urban music culture which forms a space. The visual organization of this barely recognizable representational surface is resolved through Takeshi Fumimoto´s musical structure. The images illustrate neither the tone nor the rhythm; they follow the logic of the acoustic blueprint to create new forms of hearing through the processing of the found sounds. The camera makes a parallel searching movement along the rough surface. The images, which cannot be isolated, resist a representational aesthetic, and fleeting spatial landscapes and forms which illustrate non-repeatability and improvisation appear in the tension between concentration on the cracks and fractures and the camera´s movement across them. Reduction to the plastic and sensorial basis sensitizes the viewer´s gaze by making the structure comprehensible. (Christa Benzer)

Orig. Title
o.t.
Year
1999
Country
Austria
Duration
5 min
Director
Michaela Grill
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Downloads
o.t. (Image)
Credits
Director
Michaela Grill
Concept & Realization
Michaela Grill
Music
Takekshi Fumimoto
Available Formats
Betacam SP (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
b/w
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Festivals (Selection)
1999
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
2000
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
Denver - Int. Film Festival
2001
Chicago Underground Film Festival
2004
Buenos Aires Festival Int. de Cine Independiente BAFICI
2005
Triest - Alpe Adria Cinema - Film Festival