A panorama of a world divided into three. The camera´s 360 degree pan begins at a playground and passes by everyday scenes of urban life - pedestrians, cars, shops - before returning to its starting point. The field of view is divided into three separate pictures showing the same scene with a slight delay from right to left. In other words the scene of the little girl setting off on a cableway at the playground is repeated in the other fields. And when the camera returns to the first image after the pan is completed, everything starts from the beginning - or so it seems: The girl starts down the hill once again. The first image is therefore the last - and vice versa.
As a result of this slight distortion and delay in perception, Johann Lurf´s film, with deceptively simple conception (a motor on the camera´s tripod controls the speed of the pan) and at the same time reflexively playful, has an unexpected effect: The movement of the objects (leaves in the wind, cars passing by) and people (the little girl, pedestrians) are literally stretched in space. Perception is determined by the camera, the speed and the division. As a result of this fragmentation of the continuum of perception, Pan resembles Dietmar Offenhuber´s Besenbahn (2001), though at the same time it also appears, due to the inescapable direction of the camera´s movement and its idea of constant new beginnings, to be a miniature of a great theoretical question relating to film: Where does the never-ending stream of images begin and end? Everywhere, one is tempted to say, possibly at every playground in the world.

(Michael Pekler)

Translation: Steve Wilder

This film, made of a single panning, divides the same scene into three screens and starts them successively. This recreates the three square screens into a wide angle-the three same yet distinguished time differences complete one different yet same space. By placing the circulation with the same beginning and ending on a linear time structure, the film creates a round-ish impression of the flat cinema screen. It makes viewers wish that they were watching the film by a 360-degree screen in a circular room.

(Park Dong-hyun, Jeonju International Film Festival 2006)

Orig. Title
1 min 20 sec
Johann Lurf
Orig. Language
No Dialogue
Johann Lurf
Concept & Realization
Johann Lurf
Johann Lurf
Johann Lurf
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
DCP 4K scope (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
5.1 surround
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
Festivals (Selection)
Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen
Bochumer Videofestival
Linz - Crossing Europe Film Festival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films