The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb



Lisl Ponger, Peter Kubelka, Peter Tscherkassky, Mathias Muller & Christoph Girardet, Siegfried A. Fruhauf

Wednesday Dec 18, 2013, 7 PM, Gorgona Hall

Every image leaves marks and goes under the surface. That’s how history is made. The geology of cinema is no longer the concern of just the theoreticians: The decisive excavation has long been performed by filmmakers themselves. The avant-garde of the moving image always addresses the history behind it.

Whoever ventures into the extensive and complex territory of the histoire(s) du cinéma participates in a game of displacements, borrowings and reflections: In Siegfried A. Fruhauf’s Mirror Mechanics flickering associations with thrillers are reformulated as a Rorschach test, while Peter Tscherkassky’s Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine combines the visual rhetoric of the old spaghetti western with a thoroughly contemporary reflexion on the materiality of film. Beyond the mirror, imaginary, dreamed spaces can be found: The luxurious CinemaScope interior landscapes presented by Matthias Müller and Christoph Girardet in Mirror provide deep insight into the unconscious of 1960s European auteur film.

Exploratory journeys into the interior of film are undertaken by Lisl Ponger too. Her Phantom Foreign Vienna similar to Peter Kubelka’s study of consuming voyeurism is at first just a series of raw images, apparently shown as is, which are made relevant, and brought to life, through careful editing. In a voice-over
Ponger comments on the creation and possible arrangements of her Super-8 views of a concealed “foreign” Vienna, which is revealed to be an ironic film construct.
The astonishing richness of associations in “non-narrative” cinema – which despite the name is eager to tell stories – becomes apparent in these films: They passionately describe a wondrous world which is comprehensible only in its reflection. Objects in a mirror are always closer than they seem. (Stefan Grissemann,


Distorted Mirror

2003–2005, 35mm, boja & c/b, 76 min

Lisl Ponger: Phantom Foreign Vienna, AT, 1991 – 2004, 27 min

Peter Kubelka: Poetry and Truth, AT, 1996 – 2003, 13 min

Siegfried A. Fruhauf: Mirror Mechanics, AT, 2005, 7 min

Mathias Muller, Christoph Girardet: Mirror, DE, 2003, 8 min

Peter Tscherkassky: Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine, AT, 2005, 17 min

Distribution: sixpackfilm

ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a program activity of the Museum of Contemporary Art established in 2012, aimed at introducing contemporary artists and their cinematic works, created at the meeting point of contemporary art and cinema, of film and visual arts. The program presents recent film/video works outside the context of production of entertainment and spectacle as well as historical perspectives and developments. It completes the programmatic conception of the Museum and complement the presentation of this hybrid form. It will intensify the dialog and exchange on the cultural scene of the city, connecting artists, curators, and critics with the public; in this way we will contribute to an active internationalization of the art scene engaged in the media of moving images.

Project Manager: Tihomir Milovac / Curator: Branka Benčić

Presented the framework of Artists’ Cinema screening programs:

2013: Gordon Matta Clark, Ibro Hasanovic, Zlatko Kopljar, Damir Ocko

2012: Ursula Mayer, Shaun Gladwell

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