L.A. Filmforum presents Breaking Ground: 60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema – Part 9: Here's Looking At You
From the harsh lights illuminating the stage to the wonder of reproductive technology, these works elucidate the intimate through a delightful range of genres and techniques. The artists in this program have used self-portraits, documentary and fictional narrative methods, performance, animation and choreography to ask a question essential to cinema: Who’s looking at whom?
Austria’s avant-garde film tradition, arising at mid-century (and thus, relatively later than those of other Western nations) has been among the most sustained and radical of such traditions. As with other Austrian arts, it is a response (in part) to past national decadence and entrenched conservatism; its repository of cutting-edge experimental film and video works is uniquely impressive and progressive, fracturing into ever-newer distinctions.
The programs in this series have been constructed from avant-garde films and videos produced between 1955 and 2010 in which virtually every technique and genre imaginable is employed, from formalist and structuralist works by such globally renowned figures as Peter Kubelka, Peter Tscherkassky and Martin Arnold, to the radical work by performance-based artists such as VALIE EXPORT, Mara Mattuschka, Kurt Kren and the Viennese actionists, as well as the boundary-breaking contemporary output of artists including Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Johann Lurf and Virgil Widrich.
NOTE: The first eight screenings in this series will be at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, from August 17 – September 22.
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Neon (Nik Thoenen & Timo Novotny, 2003, video, colour, 5 min)
Legal Errorist (Mara Mattuschka & Chris Haring, 2005, video, b&w, 15 min)
Spucken [Spitting] (Friedl vom Gröller, 2000, 35mm, b&w, silent, 2 min)
The Ballad of Maria Lassnig (Maria Lassnig & Hubert Sielecki, 1992, 35mm, colour, 8 min)
Pullover (Günter Brus, 1967, 16mm, b&w, silent, 3 min)
8/64 Ana – Aktion Brus [8/64 Ana – Action Brus] (Kurt Kren, 1964, 16mm, b&w, silent, 3 min)
November (Hito Steyerl, 2004, video, colour, b&w, 25 min)
Copy Shop (Virgil Widrich, 2001, 35mm, b&w, 12 min)
TRT: 73 min.