Installation "Side by Side" at METRO Kinokulturhaus Vienna, 2017, photo: Virgil Widrich
Installation "Side by Side" at METRO Kinokulturhaus Vienna, 2017, photo: Virgil Widrich
Installation "Side by Side" at METRO Kinokulturhaus Vienna, 2017, photo: Virgil Widrich
Installation "Memory Palace" at METRO Kinokulturhaus Wien, 2017, photo: Alexi Pelekanos
Installation "Memory Palace" at METRO Kinokulturhaus Wien, 2017, photo: Virgil Widrich
Installation "Memory Palace" at METRO Kinokulturhaus Wien, 2017, photo: Virgil Widrich

Exhibition and retrospective "analog_digital – The Dichotomy of cinema"

To its first audiences, the cinema appeared to be nothing short of magic, but unlike conjurers it was willing to reveal how it was done right from the start: The film "Die ideale Filmerzeugung" (1914, camera/animation: Ludwig Schaschek) was one of the first to show viewers the amazing production process behind this latest form of virtual reality. Film-makers knew from the outset that in a medium that stimulates identification with the characters on the screen by alternating objective and subjective perspectives the truthful answer to the question "Who am I?" can only lie in the style or the materiality of the film itself. The first is primarily the domain of the feature film which has many examples of works dealing with the topic of reality/simulation, such as Kathryn Bigelow’s "Strange Days" (1995) and "Her" by Spike Jonze (2013), whereas it tends to be short films that explore the materiality of analogue and later digital cinema, such as "Optical Sound" by Elke Groen and Christian Neubacher (2014) and the works of Siegfried A. Fruhauf, for instance "Structural Filmwaste. Dissolution 1" (2003) and "Vintage Print" (2015). The dichotomy of cinema: on the one hand an all-powerful, godlike, invisible force that can dominate the entire universe as a supercomputer or matrix, and on the other a flimsy material, prone to scratches, chemical volatility or disappearing data – destined for oblivion unless subjected to some form of archiving.

To tie in with the new exhibition "Analog_Digital. Media (Ex)Changes" the Filmarchiv Austria is showing a fascinating cross section of national and international analogue/digital cinema in a retrospective curated by Virgil Widrich.

3 October 2017 to 28 January 2018, daily from 15:00 hrs.
METRO Kinokulturhaus, Johannesgasse 4, 1010 Vienna
Curators of the exhibition: Anna Högner (Filmarchiv Austria), Eva Fischer (sound:frame)
Film selection curated by: Virgil Widrich
Print research: Florian Widegger
Design and graphics: Helene Schauer, Madlyn Miessgang (MVD)
Marketing: Tomáš Mikeska, sound:frame
Press and Public Relations: Larissa Bainschab
Educational Programs: Anna Högner

Events

03. December 2017
"Podium 2" on "Techniques of Tradition". Discussion with Nikolaus Wostry (Head of the Film Archive Austria Collection), Kevin Lutz (Austrian Film Museum Collection), Michaela Mayr (Head of the Digital Library Department ONB) and Christoph Bauer (ORF TV Archive). Moderated by: Virgil Widrich
METRO Kinokulturhaus, Johannesgasse 4,1010 Vienna
3.12.2017, 8:30 pm.
05. October 2017
"Podium 1" about current positions in film art on the topic "analog_digital" with Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Michael Palm, Virgil Widrich and Sandra Wollner. Moderation: Anna Högner.
METRO Kinokulturhaus, Johannesgasse 4, 1010 Vienna
5.10.2017, 9:15 pm.
05. October 2017 – 16. October 2017
Curator of the retrospective "analog_digital – The dichotomy of cinema", 5 to 16 October 2017 in Filmarchiv/Metrokino Wien.