Celebrating the release of “Dirk Schaefer : Peter Tscherkassky, All the Soundtracks (2005–2021)” by purge.xxx, Sonic Cinema presents a programme of Peter Tscherkassky’s films projected in 35mm & introduced by Stanley Schtinter.
Submitted by: Oliver Dickens
The Films of Peter Tscherkassky is presented by Sonic Cinema at Cafe Oto and is booking now (24 OCT 19:30).
Please note that all of the films in this programme contain flashing and strobing images.
Celebrating the release of “Dirk Schaefer : Peter Tscherkassky, All the Soundtracks (2005–2021)” by purge.xxx, Sonic Cinema presents Peter Tscherkassky and Dirk Schaefer’s four collaborations to date: TRAIN AGAIN (2021); THE EXQUISITE CORPUS (2015); COMING ATTRACTIONS (2010); INSTRUCTIONS FOR A LIGHT AND SOUND MACHINE (2005); as well as Tscherkassky’s classic of avant-garde cinema OUTER SPACE (1999). All films will be projected in their original 35mm format and will be introduced Stanley Schtinter (purge.xxx).
The films of Peter Tscherkassky have played a central role in the international reawakening of interest in avant-garde film. At the turn from a photographic to a digital culture of moving images, his work follows in the footsteps of Austrian masters Kurt Kren, Peter Kubelka, and Ernst Schmidt Jr. to create a thrilling filmic language that engages psychoanalysis and semiotics whilst exploring the physicality of the medium and its potential to overwhelm both visually and sonically.
Tscherkassky’s working method – painstakingly hand printing found-footage material frame-by-frame in the darkroom – gives his films a deeply materialist sensibility, yet through the flickering fragments they also maintain cinema’s ability to shock and thrill.
Dirk Schaefer’s sound design, which is intrinsically coupled to Tscherkassky’s images, constantly surprises with its chopped speech, repetitive musical refrains, arrhythmic noises, progressive buzzing and deep silences.
Programmed by Oliver Dickens. Oliver would like to thank Cafe OTO, the Austrian Cultural Forum London, Sixpackfilm and purge.xxx for their generous support for this programme.
The Films of Peter Tscherkassky is presented by Sonic Cinema at Cafe Oto and is booking now (24 OCT 19:30)
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