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
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 Steingröver is Associate Professor of German in the Department of Humanities at the Eastman School of Music.
 

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Contents

The Embodied Film Austrian Contributions
50
Vergleich über ein Drittes Harun Farocki 2007
55
reel number 7 Peter Tscherkassky 2005
59
Thomas Draschan 2004
62
Interview with Filmmaker Birgit Hein
69
Actions and Interventions of
80
Media in the Interim Independent Film
95
Blackbox GDR DEFAs Untimely AvantGarde
109
Again and Again Bjørn Melhus 1998
222
From the Diary to the Webcam Michael Brynntrup
225
QWERTY Cinema Christoph GirardetMatthias Müllers
245
Tabu IIV Michael Brynntrup 1988
256
Kirsten Winter From AvantGarde to Second Modernity
269
The Representation of Space in the Films of Heinz Emigholz
289
Shocking the Audience Shocking the Artist Aesthetic
307
Works Cited
325

Baby I Will Make You Sweat Birgit Hein 1995
130
In Your Face Activism AgitProp and
131
Land hinter dem Regenbogen Herwig Kipping 1991
132
Rapidly Expanding Cinema On Border Rescue
157
One Safe Way into the Fortress Europe Harald Schmutzhard Social Impact 2003
166
Project Border Crossing Route 8 Harald Schmutzhard Social Impact 2002
172
The PostPop Hauntings of Bjørn Melhus
181
Schlingensiefs PeepShow PostCinematic Spectacles
204

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