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Sofa Rockers

DIR: Timo Novotny
2000 / Austria, Japan / 4 min

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Each beat has its own speed, each tempo suggests certain images: Timo Novotny'’s video for Richard Dorfmeister’s Sofa Surfers remix, which was shot in Japan on Super-8 film, begins with an aerial view of a construction site and a crane. As the bass begins softly, the images start to move up along a vertical line, apparently reflecting the path of an elevator. Everything is transparent, everything is structured: The scaffolding is echoed in the picture’s frame, which rolls across the screen in a way similar to a poor film projection, offsetting the illusion of movement. Or the images accentuate the music through superimpositions, short zooms and shots through cloudy glass.
A small model of the Statue of Liberty then briefly disorients the viewer, and the vertical movement becomes horizontal, moving from Tokyo to Kyoto: Analogously to the laid-back drum ’n’ bass, the images then begin a relaxed and aimless journey through Japan’s urban spaces. In this phase, the two elements almost unite – in smooth parallel movement.

Near the end, the rhythm materializes in the human body. Three kids breakdance, then others dance in a city park. While this is not an arrival at a certain destination, it is definitely more than a chance meeting. The escalators at a large train station continue to run mechanically, and the space does not come to rest until the music has faded away. (Dominik Kamalzadeh)

About

Director Timo Novotny
Screenplay
Dir. of Photography
Editing
Music Motor Music
Sound Richard Dorfmeister
Duration 4 min
Year 2000
Country Austria, Japan
Colour Colour
Tags experimental, lyric
Production
Distribution
Festivals

2001 Augsburg - Kurzfilmwochenende
2002 ...

2001 Augsburg - Kurzfilmwochenende
2002 Aukland - New Zealand Int. Film Festival
2002 Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage
2002 Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival
2002 Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
2002 Tokyo - Image Forum Festival
2002 Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
2003 Edinburgh - International Film Festival
2004 Ann Arbor - Film Festival
2004 Pesaro - Film Festival

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