16th of November 2023, 20:00
Location: Factory in the Künstlerhaus, Am Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
Moderation: Katharina Wenty
The idea for the film came from Goran Bećirčić’s text “I Want to be Anna Netrebko!”, in which he examines the topic of citizenship through the protagonist’s inner monologue. As a migrant living in Austria for over 20 years, he knows all too well what it’s like to have to renew your visa every year and have limited access to the labour market. Acquiring citizenship may seem like a way to go around these obstacles. But Austria, with its restrictive citizenship laws, makes this very difficult for most people. Dealing with desire, powerlessness, inner resistance and redemptive absurdity, the text provides an insight into this topic from an unabashedly personal and autobiographical perspective. I found this insight quite valuable and I wanted to make it tangible through the audiovisual possibilities of film as a medium. It was very important to me to find a visual and auditory language that does not stifle the text, but carries it well and gives this important topic an appropriate framework.
After their 15 minutes of fame are over, former Austria's Next Top Model participants meet in a casting. Joint conversations during breaks about their experiences on the reality TV show provide insights into their motivation and views on an industry that sells beauty as a standardized consumer good. The spirit of Venus, goddess of beauty and poems by female poets of the early 20th century break through the supercooled visual worlds and mechanical processes and point to the different perceptions of aesthetics in past ages and a possible future. The cinematic interpretation of an ordinary casting tape.
"Repeat" is an experimental poetry film (festival production) that brings together the poem "light from the greenery" by Austrian author Sigrun Höllrigl with Indian actress Savita Rani. In conjunction with the music and sound composition by Michael Fischer, as well as the voices of Christian Reiner and Apollina Smaragd, the film delves into the enigmatic world between déjà vu and jamais vu.
My work explores the relationship between the Military-Industrial Complex, recycling culture and the world of dreams. With influences as diverse as Tarkovsky and Salla Tykka, new variations are created from both simple and complex layers. Ever since my beginning as videopoet I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of meaning. What starts out as yearning soon becomes finessed into a cacophony of defeat, leaving only a sense of nihilism and the dawn of a new reality. As momentary forms become transformed through boundaries and personal practice, the viewer is left with a hymn to the possibilities of our culture.
The typographic animation shows war as the enemy of man. The motif consists of poem fragments of the onomatopoeic poem schtzngrmm by Ernst Jandl. The typographically depicted motifs are representative of the body and the psyche. Heart and brain are destroyed by hissing sounds reminiscent of grenades as well as gunshots, shattered by sounds of war, the connection between brain and body is cut and finally buried by gunshots. An attempt to combine Ernst Jandls play with language with the element of space and movement.
The animation "unto you" visualizes a poem by the Austrian philosopher, poet and actress Melitta Urbancic, née Grünbaum (1902-1984). She is known today primarily within the field of exile studies. In 1938 she fled with her family from the Nazis to Iceland. The poem is addressed to the artist's lifemate, the composer Viktor Urbancic, who died early in Iceland. The sensitive music was composed by the Icelandic composer Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir.
The film is the visualization and setting of a poem of mine, it is about a vision I really experienced some years ago: After an intense conversation with a friend about the universe and the emergence of life, I suddenly saw bright yellow nets floating in the corner of a room in my old apartment - it was such a funny-absurd image that several artistic works were/are created about it.
Holladio hods gsogt“ is a music video project in which women* have their say and take a stand on everyday sexism, misogyny and sexual harassment. The intention is to create awareness for the topics of catcalling and sexual harassment in public space.
The whole extent of globalization and capitalism is often reflected in day-to-day actions. A man leaves his picturesque mountain farm every day to go to the neighboring small town to assist in the production, in several shifts at a conveyor belt, of articles that - in both his own immediate neighborhood and on the other side of the world - can cause extreme distress. A boy who observes these things happening, and who is not impervious to their effects. A cautionary narrator who shows that the words of Erich Fried, now more than fifty years old, are more relevant and more far-reaching than ever.