[Frameworks] *¨°¨* Discreet Structures - tomorrow 25.11. Jutojo in der Z-Bar - DL screening *¨°¨*

From: Klaus W. Eisenlohr (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Nov 24 2010 - 07:56:55 PST

Directors Lounge Screening in der Z-Bar
Donnerstag, 25.11.2010
Discreet Structures
Films by
Toby Cornish und Johannes Braun/ jutojo Berlin

Bergstraße 2
10115 Berlin-Mitte

Discreet Structures, the title of the program
with Toby Cornish and Johannes Braun, refers to
the compositional qualities of their films. It
also applies to the linking to local architecture
or urban places, and to the ways the artists work
with musical scores. Both artists' work mainly
originates in Super-8 or 16mm footage, which they
shoot and then process digitally. And most films
are product of collaborations with musicians.

Two visits to Sarajevo in 2003 and 2004 gave Toby
the opportunity to make a structural film in this
historically and politically charged place:
Sarajevo Vertical. The bridge, where arch-duke
Franz Ferdinand was murdered, which gave way to
the declaration of war in 1914, the name Tito on
a bridge, and the white graves of killed Muslims
from the most recent war, all appear in the film
but only as a backdrop, or as the ground on which
the visitor stands. If "Sarajevo Vertical" has or
needs a symbolical/political reading is up to the
viewer. First of all it is the rule of
composition of filmmaker Cornish to align every
image to a vertical line while shooting and then
edit the film on principles of repetition,
rhythm, acceleration and size of the vertical

Toby Cornish is interested in metric structures,
in interferences of loops with different lengths,
which due to their complexity might lead to a
chance operation, similar to musical structures
of John Cage or Steve Reich, and which in the end
where the result may surprise the artist as much
as the audience. With "Rückbau", a film about the
destruction of the East German parliament
building, he takes this strategy further. With
the help of digital programming, the film
composes itself and anew on each presentation.

Johannes Braun, on the other hand is less
interested in chance operations but in the
totality of visual-acoustic composition. His film
Teufelsberg also shows his background as trained
architect. The images unfold his explorations of
building structures while he tries to capture
traces "of hope and disillusion, of making and
destroying, still to be sensed" in the rubble and
the left-over walls. They also comment on already
past (and forgotten) plans for future
developments, including architecture drawings and
a former model apartment of the already scattered
utopia for a commercial hot-spot on Teufelsberg.
The visually dense composition thus not only
shows the beauty of the bygone structures but
also contains an edge of irony.

With "Gaz", a collective product, the filmmakers
again show their strength of working with
compositional structures. Gaz was composed to a
graphical score, which the filmmakers and the 2
musicians worked on independently of one another.
The film celebrates the early industrial designs
around gasometers and gas-lights, still to be
found in Berlin's city center.

Toby Cornish and Johannes Braun will be present
and available for Q&A after the screening.
Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr



Klaus W. Eisenlohr, Osnabrücker Str. 25, D-10589 Berlin, Germany
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