Overfart

Overfart is a disembodied passage through a landscape which is inaccessible to humans, a landscape which is not a part of nature but an intellectual construct: In its artificiality, this work refers to Early-Romantic landscape painting­especially that of C.D. Friedrich­and its immanent religiosity.
Though temko by general magic is virtually the sole element of the soundtrack, this work was not intended to be a music video. The abstract spatiality of the music, which was apparently set in contrast to the images, and their cycles complement one another to produce the same intangibility. (Ben Pointeker)

This non-place is both the destination and route of the passage. The journey loses its direction, melts away in a constant gliding motion. And who is able to grasp the cyclical in a void? ...)The surroundings are evenly fragmented, determining the location position­determination by means of distinction­is not possible. There is no sign of an iceberg or other landmarks, and identical instant visages are of little help when navigating at dusk.... [E]ven the end of the passage - the Overfart -,the state of immobility, does not appear suddenly, it was always there. In the end, all that remains is a wisp, a memory of the search. (H. Meer)

Orig. Title
Overfart
Year
1999
Countries
Austria, Denmark
Duration
6 min
Director
Ben Pointeker
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Overfart (Image)
Overfart (Image)
Credits
Director
Ben Pointeker
Music
General Magic
Animation
Ben Pointeker
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
2000
Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
Winterthur - Kurzfilmtage
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
Denver - Int. Film Festival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage
Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
2001
Berlin - Interfilm-Festival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Edinburgh - International Film Festival
Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
Chicago Underground Film Festival