Laokoongruppe: King of the Waltz

Perfect stop-motion animation, "location", the desk. The singer Karl Schwamberger (Laokoongruppe) performs as an animated figure on a stack of post-its, as the lyrics to Walzerkönig roll past on a till roll. Alongside there is a video within a video, a train journey drawn with a highlighter, and from time to time the director reveals himself – grabbing his coffee cup, or remodeling the film set as a miniature home disco. (production note)

The music of Laokoongruppe, alias Karl Schwamberger, unites a wide variety of musical references in an extremely original way. The bass drum hammers out a techno beat suitable for a beer tent while the almost irritatingly emotional singer, Schwamberger, combines his fragments of a pop grammar with samples of Schubert, Bruckner and free jazz.
In a manner that fits the appropriation philosophy of Laokoongruppe´s do-it-yourself video perfectly, Popovic chose as the setting a desk with paperclips, a coffee cup, Post-its, markers, toy figurines and a cash register, with the song´s lyrics scrolling across the scene. This modest, doll-size stage is occasionally rearranged by the director´s arm, and the resulting animation video comprises about 5000 individual shots taken with a digital camera in stop motion.
These images refer primarily to the classic pop-culture motif of being on the road, here in the form of a racing trip through King of the Waltz country, drawn on small pieces of paper with markers and psychedelically intensified by means of a closeup. Secondly, they also reference the customary representation of music in the aesthetic of music videos, altered charmingly by the finely drawn movement of the singer´s animated figure on yellow Post-its. Thirdly, reference is made to the places where music is produced and listened to, illustrated by the pulsing lights of an imaginary amplifier´s volume indicator, a recording studio made of paperclips and a miniature model of a disco at the video´s conclusion. (Thomas Edlinger)

Orig. Title
Laokoongruppe: Walzerkönig
Year
2009
Country
Austria
Duration
5 min
Director
Adnan Popovic
Category
music video
Orig. Language
german
Credits
Director
Adnan Popovic
Script
Adnan Popovic
Cinematography
Adnan Popovic
Music
Laokoongruppe
Text Author
Karl Schwamberger
Animation
Adnan Popovic
Available Formats
Betacam SP PAL (Distribution Copy)
Format of Picture
4:3
Format of Sound
stereo
Picture Frequency
25 fps
Format of Color
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2010
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Split - Festival of New Film and Video
Tblisi/Batumi - TOFUZI Anim. Film Festival
Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
Espinho - Cinanima Film Festival
Kassel - Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest
Dallas - Video Festival
Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
Basel - Clair-obscur Filmfestival
Ljubiljana Animateka - Int. Animation Film Festival
Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
Salzburg - Film:Riss Kurzfilmfestival
2011
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Seattle - Int. Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
Timisoara - Timishort Film Festival
Teplice - Anifest (Animation Film Festival)