28 well-known filmmakers living and working in Austria were invited by WIENER MOZARTJAHR 2006 (VIENNA MOZART YEAR 2006), to produce associative miniatures on Mozart. The only requirement: They had to be one-minute art films. The directors come from a broad spectrum of different backgrounds, ranging from animated, experimental short film to documentaries and features. As a result the Mozart Minutes represent an impressive cross section of the kind of films produced in Austria and a multifacetted sampler of formal and ontextual views of Mozart and his influence on modern society, art and culture. The contributions run the gamut from experimental and conceptual statements to socio-critical and documentary observations and pithy short films.
World Mirror Cinema. Episode 1-3
Episode 1: Kinomatograf Theater Erdberg, Wien 1912. Episode 2: Apollo Theater, Surabaya 1929. Episode 3: Cinema Sao Mamede Infesta, Porto 1930. In Gustav Deutsch`s most recent found footage work, the masses "absorb" (as Walter Benjamin put it) the artwork. Three historical camera pans across the streets and squares of Vienna, Surabaya and Porto provide a starting point for a reflection on the relationship of everyday stories and cinematic machinery.
FILM IST. a girl & a gun
Using images "from the first four and a half decades of cinematography," taken from 11 archives across the world, Gustav Deutsch has constructed a musical "film drama in five acts" (genesis, paradeisos, thanatos, imaginary, symposium). In detail, the editing of FILM IST. is again based on visual analogies, the external similarity of bodies, objects, movements and narratives. The film constructs its own amazing attractions from the juxtaposition of documentary, fictional, pornographic, and scientific and propaganda images that are literally alien to their original purpose. In other words, they are images that do not necessarily belong together, though they create visual contexts.