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I E (Site 01 Isole Eolie)

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Lotte Schreiber (video) – Stefan Németh (sound)
video, 8min
AT / 2004 – Sixpackfilm distribution

“Stromboli appears briefly, as though lifted from the darkness by a flash of lightning and then disappearing into it once again. We then approach the Aeolian Islands. In their cinematic representation, movement and motionlessness collide as do the materiality of Super-8 and video. In the space created as the camera surveys the scene, the landscape is studied as if it were a sensual experience, and also as an object of esthetic representation.The static and rigidly framed Super-8 images of the volcano, the sea and the islands construct an image of sublime beauty in accordance with the conventions of landscape painting. The turbulent video footage, on the other hand, plays with an apparent directness, a subjective gaze and the physicality of the images. These contradictory views of a given topography are bonded in a strictly metric structure; the subjective and fascinating cartography of the landscape arises from their confrontation and association.This principle of confrontation is also evident at the urgent tonal level. While ambient sounds accompany the video images, noises that are not easily identifiable have been paired with the Super-8 footage. At first these noises resemble the roar of waves or the wind, yet they sounds become increasingly unfamiliar. A moment of irritation and conscious artificiality remains. 
In I.E. [site o1 – isole eolie] the landscape is subjected to the camera´s gaze and translated into images. As Robert Smithson stated, it seems that “abstraction and nature fuse in art, that the camera triggers this synthesis.” And in the end, Stromboli once again pulls away from the camera, disappearing into the darkness.”
[Barbara Pichler]
www.pfaffenbichlerschreiber.org
www.sixpackfilm.com

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