Structural Filmwaste. Dissolution 1

  • Austria
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At first Structural Filmwaste seems to be a reaction to the esthetics and methods of past Austrian avant-garde films: Leftover footage (Ernst Schmidt Jr.) was put together according to rigid plans (Kurt Kren) and shown in a split screen, one panel delayed slightly. While it follows an almost musical structure, the footage with recognizable images later disappears in a rhythmic sequence of the basic visual elements of black and white frames (Peter Kubelka).
Fruhauf, whose earlier works were also made as a kind of "handicraft", succeeded in embedding a paradigm switch in his homage to film art. Waste material from the darkroom was stacked and exposed in such a way that the edges of the frame, the splices, scratches, frame lines and sprocket holes, are now visible. The fact that "images" are involved is indicated by the superimposed label "Bild" (Image) which appears for fractions of a second. Fruhauf began by following a classic film avant-gardism which focuses on the apparatus involved and the film material.
The footage gradually undergoes a transition to a whiteness which is obviously digital in nature. What were scratches in the film strip´s emulsion now resemble the dark lines in a grainy video image. The analog film image is replaced by the electronic video image, and the haptic quality of the material makes way for the purely optic nature of a two-dimensional white field generated by a computer. Not only the image but the medium, the material itself proves to be illusory, the original cinematographic apparatus has long since disappeared. (Gerald Weber)


  • Original Title
    Structural Filmwaste. Dissolution 1
  • Direction
  • Sound
    Jürgen Gruber
  • Runtime
    4 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Festivals
    • 2003 Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
    • 2003 Venezia (Biennale)
    • 2003 Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
    • 2003 Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen
    • 2004 Chicago Underground Film Festival
    • 2004 Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
    • 2004 Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
    • 2004 Melbourne - Int. Film Festival
    • 2004 Odense - Int. Film Festival
    • 2004 Split - Festival of New Film and Video
    • 2004 Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
    • 2005 Augsburg - Kurzfilmwochenende


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