Exhibition and retrospective "analog_digital – The Dichotomy
To its first audiences, the cinema appeared to be nothing short of magic, but
unlike conjurers it was willing to reveal how it was done right from the start: The film "Die ideale Filmerzeugung" (1914,
camera/animation: Ludwig Schaschek) was one of the first to show viewers the amazing production process behind this latest
form of virtual reality. Film-makers knew from the outset that in a medium that stimulates identification with the characters
on the screen by alternating objective and subjective perspectives the truthful answer to the question "Who am I?" can only
lie in the style or the materiality of the film itself. The first is primarily the domain of the feature film which has many
examples of works dealing with the topic of reality/simulation, such as Kathryn Bigelow’s "Strange Days" (1995) and "Her"
by Spike Jonze (2013), whereas it tends to be short films that explore the materiality of analogue and later digital cinema,
such as "Optical Sound" by Elke Groen and Christian Neubacher (2014) and the works of Siegfried A. Fruhauf, for instance "Structural
Filmwaste. Dissolution 1" (2003) and "Vintage Print" (2015). The dichotomy of cinema: on the one hand an all-powerful, godlike,
invisible force that can dominate the entire universe as a supercomputer or matrix, and on the other a flimsy material, prone
to scratches, chemical volatility or disappearing data – destined for oblivion unless subjected to some form of archiving.
On the occasion of the new exhibition "Analog_Digital. Media (Ex)Changes" the Filmarchiv Austria is showing a fascinating
cross section of national and international analogue/digital cinema in a retrospective curated by Virgil Widrich.
3 October 2017 to 28 January 2018, daily from 15:00 hrs.
METRO Kinokulturhaus, Johannesgasse 4, 1010 Vienna
Curators of the exhibition: Anna Högner (Filmarchiv Austria), Eva Fischer (sound:frame)
curated by: Virgil Widrich
Print research: Florian Widegger
Design and graphics: Helene Schauer, Madlyn Miessgang
Marketing: Tomáš Mikeska, sound:frame
Press and Public Relations: Larissa Bainschab