'YOU HEAR IT EVERYWHERE: CINEMA IS TIPPING OVER - ITS EPIC AND DRAMATIC FORMS ARE SPILLING OVER INTO TELEVISION, AVANT-GARDE AND EXPERIMENTAL FILMS HAVE FLED TO THE GALLERIES, AND ALL THE IMAGES THAT ONCE BELONGED TO IT ARE NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE, ANYTIME. AT THE AUSTRIAN FILM MUSEUM, WE TEND TO REFRAIN FROM SUCH SWEEPING AND SIMPLE-MINDED SWAN SONGS. FOR THIS VERY REASON, WE ARE HONOURED TO PARTICIPATE IN VERTICAL CINEMA - A PROJECT COMMITTED TO TAKING ONE STEP AT A TIME. INSTEAD OF TRYING TO TIP CINEMA IN ITS ENTIRETY INTO THE DIGITAL NETHERWORLD, THIS PROJECT IS CONTENT WITH JUST TIPPING THE SCREEN - OBSERVING HOW AN ARTFORM CHANGES IF YOU RESPECTFULLY CHAFE AT ITS EDGES.'
- Alexander Horwath, Director of the Austrian Film Museum
Vertical Cinema is a series of ten newly commissioned large-scale, site-specific works by internationally renowned experimental filmmakers and audiovisual artists, which will be presented on 35 mm celluloid and projected vertically with a custom-built projector in vertical cinemascope. The 90-minute programme premiered at Kontraste Dark As Light Festival 2013 and will have its international premiere on 24 January 2014 at International Film Festival Rotterdam.
The ten experimental films made by Tina Frank (AT), Björn Kämmerer (DE/AT), Manuel Knapp (AT), Johann Lurf (AT), Joost Rekveld (NL), Rosa Menkman (NL), Billy Roisz (AT) & Dieter Kovačič (AT), Makino Takashi (JP) & Telcosystems (NL), Esther Urlus (NL), Martijn van Boven (NL) & Gert-Jan Prins (NL) will be screened live on a vertical monument. They are a unique blend of abstract cinema, structural experiments, found footage remixes, chemical film explorations and live laser action. The artists offer their view of ‘vertical axis art’, and the results of this challenging commission are fascinating.