I. E. [site 01-isole eolie]

Stromboli appears briefly, as though lifted by a flash from out of the darkness into which it once again disappears. We then approach the Aeolian Islands.
In their cinematic representation, movement and motionlessness collide as do the materiality of Super 8 and video. In the space, which arises as the camera surveys the scene, the landscape is studied as a sensual experience, but also as an aesthetic object of representation. The static and strictly framed Super 8 recordings of the volcano, the sea, and the island, construct a sublime beauty in accordance with conventions of landscape painting. The turbulent video recordings, on the contrary, play with an apparent directness, with a subjective gaze and the physicality of the images. These contradictory views of a given topography are tied into a strictly metric structure; the subjective and fascinating cartography of the landscape arises from their confrontation and association.
This principle of confrontation is also evident at the urgent tonal levels. Whereas original sounds accompany the video images, noises that are not clearly identifiable go along with the Super 8 recordings. At first the noises seem like the roar of waves or the wind; yet these sounds become increasingly unfamiliar. A moment of irritation and conscious artificiality remains.
In I.E. [site o1 - isole eolie], the landscape is subjected to the camera´s gaze, and is translated into images. As Robert Smithson states, it seems that "abstraction and nature fuse in art; it is the camera that triggers this synthesis". And in the end, Stromboli once again pulls away from the camera´s gaze, disappearing into the darkness. (Barbara Pichler / Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt)

Orig. Title
I. E. [site 01-isole eolie]
Year
2004
Countries
Austria, Italy
Duration
8 min
Director
Lotte Schreiber
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Credits
Director
Lotte Schreiber
Music
Stefan Németh
Editing
Lotte Schreiber
Production
Lotte Schreiber
Supported by
BKA. Kunst
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2004
Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Nyon - visions du réel - Festival Int. du Cinéma Documentaire
Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen
Victoria - Antimatter Underground Film Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
2005
Paris - Festival des Cinemas Differents Collectif Jeune Cinema
Barcelona - Sonar Int. Festival of Advanced Music
Isfahan - International Short Film Festival