Saturday, September 30, 2006

Super Link 4: "Peter Tscherkassky"

I just recently discovered the films of Peter Tscherkassky; a Austrian experimental filmmaker. He experiments with the cinematographic nature of the film image and material itself along with the abstract psycho-intuitive arbitrary/non-arbitrary arrangement and imaginary ingestion of the fragmentated found footage imagery/sound; usually derived from previously constructed and allocated narratives........And they are pretty damn neat to watch too (if you can't rent a theater and get a copy of real film prints (ha!) then screen them in the dark on the biggest screen possible with the best sound system possible). His film "Outer Space" (1999) (part of his CinemaScope Trilogy (he also likes the cinematic nature of the 2.35:1 anamorphic image (good man!)) and made from footage from the 1981 Sidney J. Furie directed Barbara Hershey genre 'truth fairy' = "The Entity") can be found on "Other Cinema"'s compilation DVD release "Experiments In Terror". As for the rest of his films (especially also his "Instructions For A Light And Sound Machine" (2005)); which really need to be seen, I think those of you who might be interested out there know ways of finding them. Check out his site (

Here's a nice bit on "Outer Space" (1999) =
"A young woman, night, an American feature film. She enters a house, a dark corridor, a thriller. While she forces her way into an unknown space together with the viewer, the cinematographic image-producing processes go off the rails all around her. The rooms through which she goes telescope into each other, become blurred, while at the same time the crackling of the cuts and the background noise of the sound track – the sound of the film material itself – becomes louder and more penetrating.The pace becomes frenetic, the woman is being pursued by invisible opponents, she is pushed against a mirror, walls of glass burst, furniture tilts and the cinematographic apparatus which the heroine begins to attack in blind fury also suffers. The images jump and stutter, the perforation holes tilt into the picture, the sound track collapse inwards in a will o’ the wisp destruction scenario – something which only film can do so beautifully. In ten minutes ‘’Outer Space’’ races through the unsuspected possibilities of cinematographic errors – a masterpiece. --Stefan Grissemann"

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