After the Avant-garde: Contemporary German and Austrian Experimental Film

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Randall Halle, Reinhild Steingröver
Camden House, 2008 - Performing Arts - 361 pages
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Filmmaking in Germany and Austria has changed dramatically in the last decades with digitalization and the use of video and the Internet. Yet despite predictions of a negative effect on experimental film, the German and Austrian filmscape is filled with dynamic new experiments, as new technological possibilities push a break with the past, encouraging artists to find new forms. This volume of theoretically engaged essays explores this new landscape, introducing the work of established and emerging filmmakers, offering assessments of the intent and effect of their productions, and describing overall trends. It also explores the relationship of today's artists to the historical avant-garde, revealing a vibrant form of artistic engagement that has a history but has certainly not ended. The essays address such questions as the effects of transformations of cinematic space; the political effects of the breakdown of barriers between experimental film and advertising, and of the rise of music videos and reality TV; the effects of the collapse of the Soviet bloc, the rise of capitalism, and the European movement on experimental film work; and whether these experiments are aligned with mass political movements -- for instance that of anti-globalization -- or whether they strive for autonomy from quotidian politics. Randall Halle is Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Reinhild Steingr ver is Associate Professor of German in the Department of Humanities at the Eastman School of Music.
 

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Contents

The Future of Art and Work in the Age
31
Vergleich ilber ein Drittes Harun Farocki 2007
40
Vergleich ilber ein Drittes Harun Farocki 2007
42
The Embodied Film Austrian Contributions
50
Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine reel number 7 Peter Tscherkassky 2005
57
Preserving Cultural Traditions in a Period of Instability Thomas Draschan 2004
64
Interview with Filmmaker Birgit Hein
69
Baby I Will Make You Sweat Birgit Hein 1995
70
Project Border Crossing Route 8 Harald Schmutzhard Social Impact 2002
172
The PostPop Hauntings of Bjorn Melhus
181
Again and Again Bjorn Melhus 1998
187
Little Jimmy in Auto Center Drive Bjorn Melhus 2003
193
SchlingensiePs PeepShow PostCinematic Spectacles
204
Piefkes raus in Bitte Liebt Osterreich Christoph Schlingensief 2000
212
Asylsucher Peepshow in Bitte Liebt Osterreich Christoph Schlingensief 2000
218
Tabu IIV Michael Brynntrup 1988
224

Die Unheimlichen Frauen Birgit Hein 1992
72
Videorebels Actions and Interventions of
80
Media in the Interim Independent Film
95
Filmmaker Gino Hahnemann ca 1986 in Jena Claus Loser
97
Cover of Koma Kino Claus Loser
99
Russian Super 8 Camera Claus Loser
106
BlackboxGDR DEFAs Untimely AvantGarde
109
Miraculi Ulrich Weiss 1992
121
Land hinter deni Regenbogen Herwig Kipping 1991
126
In Your Face Activism AgitProp and
131
Kanak Attak Performance Hartmut Gerbsch dura lux Volksbuhne Berlin 2001
132
Kanak Attak Poster Sandy Katenborn imageshift net Volksbuhne Berlin 2001
138
Rapidly Expanding Cinema On Border Rescue
157
One Safe Way into the Fortress Europe Harald Schmutzhard Social Impact 2003
166
From the Diary to the Webcam Michael Brynntrup
225
Die Statik der Eselsbriicken Michael Brynntrup 1990
236
QWERTY Cinema Christoph GirardetMatthias Mullers
245
Phoenix Tapes Christoph Giradet Matthias Miiller 1998
256
Erste Bilder aus Oberhausen in Dschungel Rembert Hiiser 2000
263
Kirsten Winter From AvantGarde to Second Modernity
269
Sydney Harbor Bridge in Clocks Kirsten Winter 1995
276
Composers Hand in Clocks Kirsten Winter 1995
281
The Representation of Space in the Films of Heinz Emigholz
289
Shocking the Audience Shocking the Artist Aesthetic
307
Works Cited
325
Filmography
343
Notes on the Contributors
349
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