Blow-Up

Direction
Year
2000
Country
  • Austria
Duration
1min
Audio Tracks
Subtitles

With extraordinary verve, Siegfried A. Fruhauf has made a name for himself in contemporary Austrian filmmaking in only a few short years. Fruhauf not only carries on the fertile tradition of avant-garde filmmakers from Upper Austria (Kubelka, Export, Weibel and Brehm, to name a few), he has also succeeded in discovering an approach to "structural" filmmaking which never fails to surprise. Fruhauf´s films follow a discernible order, a concept which is worked out in advance. What was considered an "avant-garde" panacea in the late 70s, which more often than not turned into sheer academicism, is in his case broken up with humor. Fruhauf´s films are made with a wink and a nudge, and they draw their strength from an unbounded joy in experimentation with the material. The raw material used in Blow-up comprises two shots from an old educational film about first aid: A man demonstrates mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a life-size dummy; the dummy´s chest rises and falls.
Fruhauf introduces this scene into his own métier, turning the "blow-up" metaphor into an image with a false bottom. With the aid of a digital photocopier, the strip of film was reduced in size to a narrow ribbon, and Blow-up shows this transformation in reverse: The ribbon is resuscitated, swelling gradually until the initial image is recognizable and, in the end, fills the screen. And this would not be a Fruhauf work if this educational film on the cinematographic body did not conclude with a roguish smile.... (Peter Tscherkassky)

Details

  • Original title
    Blow-Up
  • Direction
  • Duration
    1 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
    2000
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Festivals
    • 2000 Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
    • 2000 Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
    • 2000 Olympia - Film Festival
    • 2000 Viennale - Vienna Int. Film Festival
    • 2001 Augsburg - Kurzfilmwochenende
    • 2001 Barcelona - L’ALTERNATIVA - II Mostra Internacional de Cinema Alternatiu
    • 2001 Chicago Underground Film Festival
    • 2001 Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage
    • 2001 Cork - Int. Film Festival
    • 2001 London - PANDAEMONIUM - Festival of Moving Image
    • 2001 Ludwigsburg - Filmfest
    • 2001 Melbourne - Int. Film Festival
    • 2001 Montrèal - Festival International du Nouveau Film et de la Video
    • 2001 New Jersey - Black Maria Festival
    • 2001 Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival
    • 2001 Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche
    • 2001 Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival
    • 2001 Split - Festival of New Film and Video
    • 2001 Strasbourg - Forum du Cinema Européen
    • 2001 Teplice - Int. Art Film Festival Trencianske
    • 2001 Toronto - IMAGES - Independent Film & Video Festival
    • 2001 Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
    • 2001 Winterthur - Kurzfilmtage
    • 2001 Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
    • 2002 Bamberg - Kurzfilmtage
    • 2002 Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
    • 2002 Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Media Art Festival
    • 2002 Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
    • 2004 Tampere - Film Festival
    • 2004 Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival

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