my kingdom for a lullaby #4

Basic musical material such as feedback, various sound spectrums, etc. and a live performance of "visual music", translated into digital images, open this joint video production, which has assumed a wide range of audiovisual forms. While the images (by Michaela Grill and Billy Roisz) and the sounds (by <I and Martin Siewert) were not synchronized during the live performance, but came together in the interacting improvisation of the various participants, the end result was manipulated afterward by the visual experts, making it suitable for video. In spite of the reproducibility this medium offers, which can be considered a contrast to the live project, the multi-phase production process in which the images were created affects the viewer´s aesthetic perception of the video as a whole: Sound and image fuse in a playful way common to experimental works rather than directly, and the element which can be used to describe this abstract twelf-minute audiovisual work - next the computer-aided production process - is the material surface. This surface is located on that part of the spectrum of colours where white and black can mix to an endless degree, and in a graphic sense, artistic arrangement of musical impulses is used to bend, obstruct and disintegrate horizontal and vertical lines.

Great concentration is required of the optical and acoustic senses due to the film´s minimalist quality, and this is part of the overall concept. The inner processes which accompany perception - such as imagination and fantasy - should intensify the viewer´s experience in a way which cannot be merely incidental.

(Christa Benzer)


Not until the fall of the borders between the intent with which the film material was altered, the comprehensibility of a trail and the recognition of a limited, holistic something will approaching the equally seductive and threatening nature of a seemingly boundless (sound) explosion be possible.

(Christian Scheib)

Orig. Title
my kingdom for a lullaby #4
Year
2002
Country
Austria
Duration
12 min
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Credits
Director
Michaela Grill, Billy Roisz
Sound
Martin Siewert, Toshimaru Nakamura, Christof Kurzmann
Available Formats
Betacam SP (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Festivals (Selection)
2002
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
Wiesbaden - exground on screen
Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film-,Video-& Multimedia-Festival
2003
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Hongkong – Microwave Int. Media Art Festival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival