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"Breaking Ground: 60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema"

Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine (2005)
August 17, 2012 -
September 22, 2012

Austria’s avant-garde film tradition, arising at mid-century (and thus, relatively later than those of other Western nations) has been among the most sustained and radical of such traditions. As with other Austrian arts, it is a response (in part) to past national decadence and entrenched conservatism; its repository of cutting-edge experimental film and video works is uniquely impressive and progressive, fracturing into ever-newer distinctions.

Luukkaankangas-Updated, Revised (2005)

The programs in this series have been constructed from avant-garde films and videos produced between 1955 and 2010 in which virtually every technique and genre imaginable is employed, from formalist and structuralist works by such globally renowned figures as Peter Kubelka, Peter Tscherkassky and Martin Arnold, to the radical work by performance-based artists such as VALIE EXPORT, Mara Mattuschka, Kurt Kren and the Viennese actionists, as well as the boundary-breaking contemporary output of artists including Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Johann Lurf and Virgil Widrich.

Sun Halt

Works already considered canonical are supplemented by other works that experiment with sonic art and digital technology. Moving between historical, social and aesthetic questions and purely formal works that wreak havoc with the retina, this panoramic selection is an attempt to define a poetic edge within a vast array of production while underlining links and relationships between several generations of artists, (re)discovering new ways of entering into the “material” and the frame, and examining the mechanics of cinema.

John Laughtner--The Desert Hot Springs Motel (2007)

This program was curated by Brent Klinkum and presented in association with Los Angeles Filmforum and Anthology Film Archives.

Los Angeles Filmforum members receive two for one admission at the Billy Wilder Theater box office!

Note: the final two programs in this series will be presented by Los Angeles Filmforum on September 23 and 30. Info/Tix:

This series is made possible with the support of the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles.

Special thanks: Sonja Reiser-Weinzettl—The Austrian Foreign Ministry; Andreas Lins, Deputy Head of Post/Consul—Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles; Gerald Weber; Brigitta Burger-Utzer; Ralph McKay—Sixpackfilm.

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
6/62 Mama und Papa (1964)

8. Whose Reality?

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Passagen (1996)

7. Visiting Our Neighbors

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
NS Trilogie Part II: Feeling Kazet (1997)

6. Passing Time

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Film Is. 7-Comic (2002)

5. Cinema Revisited

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Vertigo Rush (2007)

4. From A to Z and Back

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Quadro (2002)

3. Concrete Forms

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Pièce Toucheé (1989)

2. Daily Business

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Arnulf Rainer (1960)

1. Action!

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater