Pan

What in Kurt Kren‘s controlled and filigree nature-and-time study 31 / 74 Asyl threatens to happen at any moment, is consummated here in Steiner‘s film which awakens distant memories of the former. The picture of nature has finally flown apart like a machinery which, in its last gasp, has reduced itself to its component parts and which when collected together again, refuses to form a unity.
Similar to his previous work, Zòcalo, Pan is the result of synthetic cinematography - a photo animation of uncountable layers and over-lapping enriched additionally by gestural drawing. A bare winter wood marches passed, but this central motive is to be seen intact for only a short time before it is over-grown with polymorphous masks, arhythmic flashes of landscape particles. In between the more dense passages these are left isolated in empty, black space.



Steiner‘s process of (excessive) multiple exposure in the camera opens -especially in combination with the free use of the multifarious masks - an extensive leeway for coincidences. In fact, over longer stretches, his works are hard on borders of (total) chaos. Steiner is, however, one of the few artists who, in the technical medium of film, sometimes succeeds in maintaining the directness, spontaneity and the resulting energy of their work process right into its completion and making it perceptible to the viewer. (Thomas Korschil)

Orig. Title
Schwenk
Year
1998
Country
Austria
Duration
5 min
Director
Thomas Steiner
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Pan (Image)
Credits
Director
Thomas Steiner
Cinematography
Thomas Steiner
Production
Thomas Steiner
Available Formats
16 mm (Original Format)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37 (Academy)
Sound Format
silent
Frame Rate
24 fps
16 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37 (Academy)
Sound Format
silent
Frame Rate
24 fps
Festivals (Selection)
1998
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage
1999
Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Denver - Int. Film Festival
2000
Los Angeles - LA Freewaves
2001
Onion City - Film Festival Chicago