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9 min 58 sec
35mm & 16mm
Sixpack Film (Vienna)
Light Cone (Paris)
Canyon Cinema (San Francisco)
|A young woman,
night, an American feature film. She enters a house, a dark corridor,
a thriller. While she forces her way into an unknown space together with
the viewer, the cinematographic image-producing processes go off the rails
all around her. The rooms through which she goes telescope into each other,
become blurred, while at the same time the crackling of the cuts and the
background noise of the sound track the sound of the film material
itself becomes louder and more penetrating.
The pace becomes frenetic, the woman is being pursued by invisible opponents, she is pushed against a mirror, walls of glass burst, furniture tilts and the cinematographic apparatus which the heroine begins to attack in blind fury also suffers. The images jump and stutter, the perforation holes tilt into the picture, the sound track collapse inwards in a will o the wisp destruction scenario something which only film can do so beautifully. In ten minutes Outer Space races through the unsuspected possibilities of cinematographic errors a masterpiece.
A woman, terrorized by an invisible and aggressive force, is also exposed
to the audiences gaze, a prisoner in two senses. Outer Space
agitates this construction, which is prototypical for gender hierarchies
and classic cinemas viewing regime, and allows the protagonist to
turn them upside down. (
) Flickering images, everything crashes,
explodes; perforations and the soundtrack are engaged in a violent struggle.
) The story ends in the womans resistant gaze.
Suggesting a convulsive hall of mirrors, Peter Tscherkassky's widescreen
tour de force Outer Space reinvents a 1981 Barbara Hershey horror
vehicle, leaving the original's crystalline surface intact only to violently
shatter its narrative illusion. After Hershey enters a house at nighttime,
sounds of crickets, static, and distorted music give way to explosions,
screams, and garbled voices. In an eruption of panicked subjectivity,
the actress's face multiplies across the screen as the frame is invaded
by sprocket holes, an optical soundtrack, and flashes of solarized imagery.
Outer Space was made possible through grants from the Federal Ministry
for Cultural Affairs and the Government of Lower Austria, Section Art and
Sense of Cinema
Outerspace: The Manufactured Film Of Peter Tscherkassky
Outer Space was shown at the following festivals:
1999 Festival des österr. Films (A), Preis Innovatives Kino