Ground Control

Direction
Year
2008
Country
  • Austria
Duration
2min
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Ground Control is a rough video miniature. It begins with the simplest and most fundamental thing the electronic moving-image machine has to offer: the uncontrolled beam of electrons directed across a photoelectric layer of cesium oxide lining a Braun tube, or snow.
Recording this chaos involves a fascination that existed during the early days of film: the repeatability of a unique event. A visual sequence which has never before existed and will never happen again becomes reproducible, thereby losing the status of the chaotic. This idea, a result of the desire to control an uncontrollable world, is the beginning of the chain of associations in this video, which randomly acting ants push their way into. The image of them crawling is manipulated in the reproduced images, distortion of their movement is forced upon them. The insects become monsters when, after being locked into the frame, they suddenly burst into the (snow)storm as a sequence of individuals.
This echoes the atmosphere of terror in the so-called bug movies of the fifties ("Them!," "Tarantula," etc.): Nature goes wild as a result of scientific experiments, taking its revenge on humankind in the form of giant insects.
The snow is carried over to a satellite antenna, a fuzzy outline of which appears in the picture: They are, so to speak, brought back to earth (and reality?) there, those invisible waves that transport the images, the invisible force that controls them and the power they generate. In a technological sense waves now serve as a vehicle for moving images. As the movement of the surface of water, they represent a constantly changing visual spectacle, and through them the video descends into the images' snow in the end, thereby returning to its beginning.

Details

  • Original title
    Ground Control
  • Direction
  • Duration
    2 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
    2008
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Festivals
    • 2008 Viennale - Vienna Int. Film Festival
    • 2009 Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
    • 2009 Kassel - Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest
    • 2009 Lille - Recontres Audiovisuelles
    • 2009 Linz - Crossing Europe
    • 2009 Paris - Festival des Cinemas Differents Collectif Jeune Cinema
    • 2009 Roma - Abstracta Festival
    • 2009 Split - Festival of New Film and Video
    • 2009 Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
    • 2009 Victoria - Antimatter Underground Film Festival
    • 2009 Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens
    • 2009 Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
    • 2009 Wroclaw - WRO-International Media Art Biennale

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