VERTICAL CINEMA

‚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.‘

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the history of experimental cinema and the art of the moving image suggests that the space might very well be the crucial aspect of the total audiovisual experience – something one should always question and take into consideration when producing a work for audiovisual, sensory cinema.

For the Vertical Cinema project we ‘abandoned’ traditional cinema formats, opting instead for cinematic experiments that are designed for projection in a tall, narrow space. It is not an invitation to leave cinemas – which have been radically transformed over the past decade according to the diktat of the commercial film market – but a provocation to expand the image onto a new axis. This project re-thinks the actual projection space and returns it to the filmmakers. It proposes a future for filmmaking rather than a pessimistic debate over the alleged death of film.

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