Dream Work

Direction
Year
2001
Country
  • Austria
Duration
11min
Audio Tracks
Subtitles

Dream Work, in CinemaScope and black & white, is the same length as a period of deep sleep. The moment at which a woman enters a building, removes her shoes and then her panties (the framing is lascivious), she inevitably becomes both the subject and object. When she falls asleep, she not only falls deeper into the film, the latter penetrates her. The phallic conjoining, the fact that the woman´s body exists only within the film (and vice versa), is made tangible by Tscherkassky´s copying of individual frames – though in an extremely immediate sense, and also as the horror of being unable to escape this context. Behind the awakening lurks the dream. Behind opening doors waits an ego. Behind a man in the room looms the void. The images, the afterimages, the negatives circle each other in a maelstrom in which the classic psychoanalytic view of the conscious mind´s unconscious function is gradually lost in a higher logic of neuronal chaos. And then, guided by Man Ray´s rayograph technique, they reassemble in a para-dream which – paraphrasing Freud – could be described as a pictorial mental image (and for the first time to a commissioned score). In the same way as in an actual dream, Dream Work does not contain individual and unconnected images; although each one is radically arbitrary, the context is so compelling that an alternative is inconceivable – unless taken from a different universe, of course. But this is the best of all possible dream worlds, regardless of how terrifying it seems.

Details

  • Original title
    Dream Work
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Tscherkassky
  • Music
    Kiawasch Saheb Nassagh
  • Duration
    11 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
    2001
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
      • SIXPACKFILM
      • Neubaugasse 45/13
      • 1071 Vídeň
      • Austria
      • tel: 00 43 1 526 09 90
      • cell: ---
      • fax: 0043 1 526 09 92
      • e-mail: office@sixpackfilm.com
  • Distribution
      • SIXPACKFILM
      • Neubaugasse 45/13
      • 1071 Vídeň
      • Austria
      • tel: 00 43 1 526 09 90
      • cell: ---
      • fax: 0043 1 526 09 92
      • e-mail: office@sixpackfilm.com
  • Festivals
    • Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival 2001
    • Brest - Festival du Film Court 2001
    • New York - Film Festival 2001
    • Wien - Viennale - Int. Filmfestwochen 2001
    • Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts 2002
    • Amiens - Festival Int. du Film 2002
    • Athens - Film Festival 2002
    • Augsburg - Kurzfilmwochenende 2002
    • Aukland - New Zealand Int. Film Festival 2002
    • Barcelona - L’ALTERNATIVA - II Mostra Internacional de Cinema Alternatiu 2002
    • Cannes - Festival de Cannes 2002
    • Chicago Underground Film Festival 2002
    • Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage 2002
    • Cork - Int. Film Festival 2002
    • Denver - Int. Film Festival 2002
    • Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films 2002
    • Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget 2002
    • Jerusalem - Film Festival 2002
    • Leipzig - Int. Festival für Dok.- u. Animationsfilm 2002
    • London - BFI International Film Festival 2002
    • Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film-,Video-& Multimedia-Festival 2002
    • Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental 2002
    • Manchester Int. Short Film & Video Festival 2002
    • Melbourne - Int. Film Festival 2002
    • Montrèal - Festival International du Nouveau Film et de la Video 2002
    • Nantucket - Film Festival 2002
    • New Jersey - Black Maria Festival 2002
    • New York - Expo of Short Film & Video 2002
    • Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage 2002
    • Odense - Int. Film Festival 2002
    • Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche 2002
    • Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival 2002
    • Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival 2002
    • Split - Festival of New Film and Video 2002
    • Strasbourg - Forum du Cinema Européen 2002
    • Sundance Film Festival 2002
    • Trencianske Teplice - Int. Art Film Festival 2002
    • Toronto - IMAGES - Independent Film & Video Festival 2002
    • Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival 2002
    • Utrecht - Impakt Festival 2002
    • Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens 2002
    • Wiesbaden - exground on screen 2002
    • Windsor - Media City 2002
    • Winterthur - Kurzfilmtage 2002
    • Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival 2002
    • Ann Arbor - Film Festival 2003
    • Bamberg - Kurzfilmtage 2003
    • Brisbane - Int. Film Festival 2003
    • Dresden - Filmfest 2003
    • Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival 2003
    • Osnabrück - European Media Art Festival 2003
    • Saarbrücken - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2003
    • Singapore International Film Festival 2003
    • Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival 2003
    • Tokyo - Image Forum Festival 2003
    • Triest - Alpe Adria Cinema - Film Festival 2003
    • Wiesbaden - exground on screen 2003
    • Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival 2004

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