Syntagma

My work in the area of short film focuses on working out what is essential to a film, to define it as a self-sufficient and closed artistic system; so that I can make use of the single operators, such as image and sound and expand on their creative possibilities of association. The actual significant operators such as film strip, framing, image content, image construction, montage, movement of the camera, visual effects, the interaction of the visual with the audio, etc., are combined with the cultural codes to create a syntactic construction, out of which a film is born. Such thoughts also explain certain structures of my feature films. The film sequences themselves are real units, which are semantically related to one another. (V.E.)

The striking insistence in Syntagma on the fragmented body of the woman, mute for the most part, has a twofold and seemingly contradictory impact. Fragmentation first appears to be the repetition of a trauma until, finally its frenetic pace turns into deliberate composition. In the traumatic sense, fragmentation reflects the epitome of objectification, an itemization of the goods: arms, legs, shoulders, breasts, faces, the depersonalized review of the chattel’s grade. The point is that while women may be objectified, they do not necessarily become objects. (Roswitha Müller)

Orig. Title
Syntagma
Year
1984
Country
Austria
Duration
20 min
Director
VALIE EXPORT
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
VALIE EXPORT
Cinematography
Fritz Köberl
Music
Hans Hartel
Actor/Actress
Irmilin Hofer
Production
VALIE EXPORT
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
16 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
24 fps
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour, b/w
Festivals (Selection)
1996
Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film-,Video-& Multimedia-Festival
1998
Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts
2005
Jihlava Documentary Film Festival