Time: Speed-up and Slow-down

(Recent experimental FilmVideo from Germany)
curated by Michael Brynntrup
Total Run Time: 74 min | 9 FilmVideo | 2009-2012

Over 2500 short films are produced in Germany every year. In all genres, short films are the most innovative form, and experimental short films represent an even more intense form of this innovative drive. With such an abundance and diversity of short films, any specific selection can no more than crack open the window, offering just a very limited look at the phenomenon of “recent German experimental film.”

This program focuses on the essence of film, particularly the essence of experi-mental film: it looks at time, the observation/treatment of time, and the han-dling of time. The films in this program stretch and condense time, speeding up and slowing down. Some films appear to be a single shot, with time apparently standing still. Other films use stop motion and time lapse techniques, so that time is greatly accelerated. All these works share a subjective approach to time, and to looking at the world. Time is society: the “current times”. But time is also lifetime: youth and ageing. And time is also desire: the yearning for peace/security in Nature or one’s own home. But above all, time is cinematic time, the moment of current experience and the immediate feelings of the mind. The filmmakers in this program invite the audience to come along on a journey through time. (MB)


Time: Speed-up and Slow-down
(Recent experimental FilmVideo from Germany)


curated by Michael Brynntrup
Total Run Time: 74 min | 9 FilmVideo | 2009-2012

Carsten Knoop – Miezen – Projector’s Cut | Lillies – Projector’s Cut
3 min | 1991 | video (35mm) | col | sound (no dialog) | DE/Hamburg
4770 pictures in 90 meters. 1192 cuts in 3 minutes. 15 years on the job. Now all other projectionists are about to shiver.

Meike Redeker – focus
11:33 min | 2012 | video (HDV ) | silent (no dialog) | DE/Braunschweig
In the focus of the camera, the camera in focus.

Thomas Bartels – Die Haut der Dinge | Skin Of Things
6:30 min | 2009 | 35mm (1:1.85) | col | sound
Thousands of photographs start a new life on the old animation studio and appartment sounds and images form a personal world pieces melt into a vehicle that leads to an escape.

Corinna Schnitt – Tee trinken | Tea Drinking
15 min | 2012 | video (RED 16:9) | col | sound (no dialog) | DE/Braunschweig
Corinna Schnitt’s video narratives often begin with everyday scenes that gradually turn into the absurd. In “Tee trinken” various old people are shown within a modern living environ-ment, sitting silently and without any motion. On different TV sets they all watch the same video of a young girl in a field of flowers, elegantly drinking tea and smiling. The video deals with the relationship between age and youth, nature and culture, and finally between reality and media.

Jennifer Kurbjuweit – face lovin’ happy pills
55 min | 2012 | video (HDV ) | sound (english) | DE/Braunschweig
Melancholy victim, Drag, fetishised body, autonomous femininity, male gaze, parody, gender clichés…. An experimentalselfexploringsongcovervideo about love, Gender and pop.

Erik Pauhrizi – The world is a dream (1st part of a trilogy)
9:11 min | 2012 | video (HD+16mm) | sound (english subtitled) | DE/Braunschweig
The film called ‘The world is a dream.’ It is an experimental short film about freedom and risk, which I learned during my three-year stay in Germany. What really is freedom through the eyes of a man with a muslim name and come from a third world country?. I come from Indonesia and grew up in a culture whose rules are very strict. After I lived three years in Berlin and Braunschweig, I came across the biggest conflict in my life. It is a clash of
dreams, visions and desires.

Rico Chibac – virtual realitv
4:13 min | 2011 | video (HDV ) | sound (english subtitled) | DE/Braunschweig
This video shocks the users of the world wide web. It was published on YouTube and shows the immense brutality of the war in Afghanistan. The video was made using an infrared camera, whose broadcast images were recorded off of a computer screen.

Michel Klöfkorn – n.n
11 min | 2009 | video (Canon EOS 20D) | col | stereo (english) |
At first glance, Michel Klöfkorn seems to set a contemplative as we are caught by the soft and poetic rhythm of the landsca frenetic little army of hybrid beings take over and devastate Half robots, half giant ants, Michel Klöfkorn has cleverly made found on building ledges.
(Information communicated by the author).

Isabell Spengler – Lint Lent Land
9 min | 2009 | DV (35mm/HDCam) | col | sound (no dialog) | DE/Berlin
The film consists of 8 sequences composed of 12 still photos each. Each photo stands for 5 seconds. The photos show models of landscapes made of wrapping paper, sparklers and kitty litter – simultaneously trash and sign.

The soundtrack consists of natural sounds (such as water, fire, wind etc.) cut up, looped
and pitched into a musical form shifting between atmospheric environments and struc-
tural composition.

“Lint Lent Land” – The title can be read as a sentence or as a reflection of the film’s time

A Ripe Volcano (2010)15:00min
Taiki Sakpisit, Thailand
A Ripe Volcano is an allegorical revelation where Bangkok becomes a site of mental eruption of emotionally devastated land during the heights of terrors, primal fears, trauma, and the darkness of time.