MAZY-systems of transitions

[system of transitions is part 2 of the MAZY-project. The three pieces can be presented either collectively as MAZY project, or as seperate films.]
What is the human body able to sustain when subjected to devices that record sounds and images? And what can be done with the human body when it tends to evade the representational codes of these devices? MAZY (meaning "labyrinthine"), based on the choreography by Willi Dorner, offers three answers formulated with the dispositives of video, film and computer: videographic marionette, expressive filmic being and computerized trace of movement.
Johannes Hammel´s system of transitions subjects the human body to an extreme test: In constant danger of being swallowed up by a space ending in a black void or becoming stuck to a various surfaces and smacking sounds, an insect-like being undergoes a transformation which is beyond physical reason. In jittery montages the body (again Guszner) extricates itself in convulsive movements, though painlessly, to a point at which the ability of this (or one´s own) body is barely believable.

(Michale Palm)

Orig. Title
MAZY-systems of transitions
Year
2003
Country
Austria
Duration
9 min 30 sec
Director
Johannes Hammel
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
german
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Credits
Director
Johannes Hammel
Cinematography
Joerg Burger, Johannes Hammel
Music
Heinz Ditsch
Performer
Helga Guszner
Production
Johannes Rosenberger, Navigator Film
Production Manager
Maria Derntl
Supported by
Niederösterreich Kultur, Wien Kultur, BKA. Kunst, Land Oberösterreich
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Festivals (Selection)
2003
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
2005
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Bochumer Videofestival
Wien - Dance Screen
Solothurn - Filmtage
Bozen/Bolzano - Film Festival
Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche