established

Accompanied by atmospheric music, fuzzy dots of light cover the picture, resembling the opening credits of a film which is just starting. But this film-within-a-film – actually a film-within-a-video – remains no more than an announcement, its establishing shot slowly peeling from the background in a long pan past façades of skyscrapers, rows of windows, steel skeletons, familiar structures.

Gradually the dots of light give way to a grid, its increasingly fine lines covering the picture. The levels block each other with their overlapping movements, the spaces encroaching upon one another. This repeats, still to the music´s accompaniment, which begins and then plays the same theme over and over as if in a loop. The music eventually returns to its beginning: Accompanied by a cello pizzicato, images of tall buildings which appear in a staccato rhythm are followed by a final zoom to the edge of a façade, and then it´s over.

The establishing shot – the very first in a film – defines the narrative space and provides us with a look at a new world, like a filmic "ur-scene." established removes the spell from this magic moment, but through its title rather than repetition of the shot. Everything has already been laid out in this world, everything conforms to a predominate order, the reason why established – the film – does not need to begin at all. (Claudia Slanar)

Translation: Steve Wilder

Orig. Title
established
Year
2003
Country
Austria
Duration
4 min
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Downloads
established (Image)
Credits
Director
Thomas Aigelsreiter
Music
Christof Rothaler
Sound
Konsorten TM
Available Formats
Betacam SP PAL (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2003
Berlin - Interfilm-Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
2004
Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Odense - Int. Film Festival
2005
Augsburg - Kurzfilmwochenende
Edinburgh - International Film Festival