Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, in association with Goethe Institute Germany, is presenting a series of 33 short experimental German films, titled Staendig In Bewegung (Constantly In Motion), showcasing current trends in experimental film and video in Germany, on 19th and 20th July, at the institute's premises in Hermitage Complex, Hillfort Road, Nampally.
The film series 'Constantly In Motion - Crossover In Experimental & Videoworks 1994-2004' has been rightly called the Laboratory Of Seeing & Hearing, presenting as it does the most significant works in current trends in Germany. They are an active representation of the close interrelationship between the films and the fine arts.
Though no fashionable trends can be derived from this series, there are indeed striking practical artistic values that distinguish the current experimental films from single channel videos, offering a complete overview of the videoworks in Germany.
The program includes complex masterworks and films focusing on experiments with various techniques and personal artistic styles. The film series is sub-divided into four collections of short films with different themes: Images Of The World (7 films), Dis-Locations (6 films), Emotional Roller-Coaster (8 films), and Structure And Symbols (12 films).
Today, the second and the last day, eight films in the Emotional Roller-Coaster collection will be screened from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, as below:
Living A Beautiful Life, By Corinna Schnitt
Germany - 13 minutes
Imagine a life you dreamt of as a child, a perfect life. With seemingly complete naivete, Corinna Schnitt takes general wishing and the usual ideas of happiness in life literally - and mercilessly presents this quasi-documentary production to our eyes and ears.
S, by Athanasios Karanikolas
Germany - 12 minutes
Shot in Los Angeles, the film is about the dark side of tenderness. A song of solitude and sorrow, without the stars and sand. A testimony of the need for intimacy and pleasure, and a map of the symbols of pain and abuse of the body. Schubert on steroids taking the road of no return.
Achtung - Die Achtung (Attention - Respect), by Michael Brynntrup
Germany - 14 minutes
This film recounts the rhythm of life and of age. Quiet, tranquil images alternate with visually painful images (e. g. self-piercing). The cinematic dramatised interplay of concentration/reflection (respect — Die Ach-tung) on the one hand and concentration/sensation (attention — Achtung) on the other are intended to make it possible for methods of perception and states of consciousness to be experienced and reflected upon. These are not only represented by the film but are also directly aroused in those viewing it.
Mark Morrisroe - Polaroids 1959-1989, by Curtis Burz
Germany - 10 minutes
The film is about Mark Morrisroe, who contracted HIV and towards the end of his life spent so much time in hospital that he set up a dark room in the ward shower. When he died, 2,000 polaroids were found along with Super-8 films.
The Oral Thing, by Bjorn Melhus
Germany - 8 minutes
The video The Oral Thing is a short fable about the embarrassing confessions heard on so-called daytime chat shows. The promise of redemption of those presenting themselves to millions of television viewers, however, is rarely kept; more than this, it satisfies the desire for sensation of an entertainment culture that is used on the part of the networks as a medium for advertising products.
Ron & Leo, by Oliver Husain
Germany - 13 minutes
Ron & Leo are twins, lovers, furry animals and a boy group. We see them experiencing the stages of pop stars in a crisis - the sell-outs, dissatisfaction, their rights at press conferences - in the form of a short melodramatic musical. The computer-generated world in which they live has been constructed from textures and elements found in public spaces and suburban train stations in Frankfurt. There is a mixture of public and private space, of virtuality and everyday life, which matches the narration.
Mit Mir (With Me), by Kerstin Cmelka
Germany/Austria - 3 minutes
A woman is lying on a bed. Her double is stretched out next to her, and she slowly turns to caress it, to kiss and lick it before the two gently cuddle up to each other and the scene darkens. The woman is played by the filmmaker herself. With Me, shot on 16mm film with no sound, recalls the early cinema and its phantoms, and not only because of this primordial special effect.
Self Portrait As A Nude; Study No. 2, by Wolfgang Lehmann
Germany - 8 minutes
The nakedness of the body is not the most essential aspect of the film. Nakedness is something natural, no more and no less. The desire to work with the material, the rhythm of the images, the editing and assembling of the pictures, the light and the colors — these are the real self-portrait because it is in these that Wolfgang Lehmann finds his passion for creating.
The entry to all the films is free. Please contact 6652-6443/2324-1791 for further details.