Update | Peter Tscherkassky

Only one week left until GEGENkino #3! So here’s the second last item in our programme: After our homage to Harun Farocki in 2014 and the one to Hito Steyerl last year, we will pay tribute to another director that we greatly admire.In this year, it will be the Austrian experimental filmmaker and analog film artisan Peter Tscherkassky, out of whose œuvre we will present a selection of short films. Of course, GEGENkino wouldn’t be the festival it is, if we weren’t trying to also pay tribute to the cinema itself. Therefore, we will screen Tscherkassky’s films in glorious 35mm! A rare thing to behold!

Peter Tscherkassky: raw material and the celebrating of an absolute cinema

Peter Tscherkassky’s films provoke the viewers with the rough changes of light and dark, sound and silence. Being an achieved analogous craftsman, the Austrian experimental filmmaker copies and recycles found footage, for example minor scenes from horror films, into new intriguingly uncanny compositions. In doing so, his internationally highly acclaimed works not only test the limits of film’s raw materiality through audio processing and multiple exposure, but rather attempt, pursue and shift traditional viewing habits and auditory abilities generally. The heart of his works touches on the pivotal understanding of cinema: it’s about the film itself, its materiality plus the codes that determine its cultural present. Tscherkassky draws inherently slumbering ghosts of the future from obsolete, analogue film material. The results frenetically approach something that defies a description and has to be seen—in the cinema hall, accompanied by thickest darkness and fierce sound.

Happy-End (AT 1996, 11’, 35mm)

Cinemascope Trilogie(AT 1997-2001) [L’Arrivée (1997, 3’, 35mm) / Outer Space (1999, 10’, 35mm) / DreamWork (2001, 11’, 35mm)]

Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine (AT 2005, 17’, 35mm)

The Exquisite Corpus (AT 2015, 19’, 35mm)

25April, 9pm – Luru-Kino at the Spinnerei – 6,5/5,5(red.)euros

Director Peter Tscherkassky is requested for a talk.