For those of you in Los Angeles:

The awe-inspiring series Breaking Forms: Sixty Years of Austrian
Experimental Cinema continues with three different shows this weekend!  On
Friday and Saturday are screenings at the UCLA Film and TV Archive at the
Billy Wilder Theater! Then on Sunday we host the first of two shows at
Filmforum at the Egyptian Theater.

September 21, 7:30 pm, at the UCLA Film & Television Archive
7. Visiting Our Neighbors

September 22, 7:30 pm, at the UCLA Film & Television Archive
8. Whose Reality?

September 23, 7:30 pm, at Filmforum at the Egyptian
9. Here's Looking at You

Here's more info on Sunday's show:

Sunday September 23, 2012, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Breaking Ground: 60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema
Part 9 - Here's Looking At You

At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
CA 90028
Tickets: $10 general; $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
Available at Brown Paper tickets:

Austria's avant-garde film tradition, arising at mid-century (and thus,
relatively later than those of other Western nations) has been among the
most sustained and radical of such traditions. As with other Austrian arts,
it is a response (in part) to past national decadence and entrenched
conservatism; its repository of cutting-edge experimental film and video
works is uniquely impressive and progressive, fracturing into ever-newer

The programs in this series have been constructed from avant-garde films and
videos produced between 1955 and 2010 in which virtually every technique and
genre imaginable is employed, from formalist and structuralist works by such
globally renowned figures as Peter Kubelka, Peter Tscherkassky and Martin
Arnold, to the radical work by performance-based artists such as VALIE
EXPORT, Mara Mattuschka, Kurt Kren and the Viennese actionists, as well as
the boundary-breaking contemporary output of artists including Siegfried A.
Fruhauf, Johann Lurf and Virgil Widrich.

Works already considered canonical are supplemented by other works that
experiment with sonic art and digital technology. Moving between historical,
social and aesthetic questions and purely formal works that wreak havoc with
the retina, this panoramic selection is an attempt to define a poetic edge
within a vast array of production while underlining links and relationships
between several generations of artists, (re)discovering new ways of entering
into the "material" and the frame, and examining the mechanics of cinema.
This series is made possible with the support of the Austrian Consulate
General in Los Angeles.

This program was curated by Brent Klinkum and presented in association with
the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Anthology Film Archives.

Note: The first eight screenings in this series will be at the UCLA Film &
Television Archive, from August 17 – September 22. Los Angeles Filmforum
members receive two for one admission at the Billy Wilder Theater box office
for the screenings at UCLA!

Special thanks: Sonja Reiser-Weinzettl—The Austrian Foreign Ministry;
Andreas Lins, Deputy Head of Post/Consul—Austrian Consulate General, Los
Angeles; Gerald Weber; Brigitta Burger-Utzer; Ralph McKay—Sixpackfilm;
Shannon Kelley – UCLA Film & Television Archive

9. Here's Looking At You
>From the harsh lights illuminating the stage to the wonder of reproductive
technology, these works elucidate the intimate through a delightful range of
genres and techniques. The artists in this program have used self-portraits,
documentary and fictional narrative methods, performance, animation and
choreography to ask a question essential to cinema: Who's looking at whom?
Nik Thoenen & Timo Novotny (2003 / video / colour / 5 min)

Legal Errorist 
Mara Mattuschka & Chris Haring (2005 / video / b&w / 15 min)

Spucken Spitting 
Friedl vom Gröller (2000 / 35mm / b&w / silent / 2 min)

The Ballad of Maria Lassnig
Maria Lassnig & Hubert Sielecki (1992 / 35mm / colour / 8 min)

Günter Brus (1967 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 3 min)

8/64 Ana – Aktion Brus 8/64 Ana – Action Brus
Kurt Kren (1964 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 3 min)

Hito Steyerl (2004 / video / colour, b&w / 25 min)

Copy Shop 
Virgil Widrich (2001 / 35 mm / b&w / 12 min)

TRT: 73 min

60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema
10 film & video programs
curated by Brent Klinkum

In the twentieth century Austria's film industry was particularly active,
with directors like Fritz Lang, Joseph von Sternberg, Billy Wilder and Otto
Preminger, all of whom emigrated to the United States, and more recently
Michael Haneke, Ulrich Seidl, Barbara Albert and Jessica Hausner. Less known
and recognized outside the festival circuit and museums are the various
forms of avant-garde moving images that without a doubt have been one of the
key artistic forms in Austrian culture these past fifty years and continue
to play an increasingly important role in the remarkable richness and
diversity of Austrian cultural identity. This identity goes far beyond the
clichés of Viennese cafés, Baroque palaces, waltzes and classical music to
encompass the radicalism of writers like Thomas Bernhard, Elias Canetti,
Franz Kafka and Elfriede Jelinek, and artists such as Oskar Kokoschka,
Gustav Klimt, Hermann Nitsch and Egon Schiele, not to mention the architects
and philosophers who have engendered major influences on the world stage.
This selection continues in the same vein with cutting-edge films and

These ten programs have been constructed from avant-garde films and videos
produced between 1955 and 2010 in which virtually every technique and genre
imaginable are employed. The selections range from formalist and
structuralist works conceived by major figures on the world scene, like
Peter Kubelka, Peter Weibel, Peter Tscherkassky and Martin Arnold, to the
contemporary generation of artists pushing boundaries yet further into
unique visual realms with such directors as Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Johann
Lurf, Norbert Pfaffenbichler and Virgil Widrich. At the same time the
radical veins of work produced by performance-based artists like VALIE
EXPORT, Mara Mattuschka and the Viennese Actionists visualized through the
highly condensed filmic documents of Kurt Kren have not been ignored.
Special attention has also been devoted to artists whose work has
regrettably become neglected over the years, for example Marc Adrian, Maria
Lassnig, Hans Scheugl, Alfred Kaiser, Ernst Schmidt Jr. and Herbert Vesely.
Interspersed amongst these historical and contemporary "classics" will be
works revisiting architecture, commissioned film festival trailers and
television commercials, the distinguished use of found footage in various
chapters of Gustav Deutsch's Film ist. series, and some examples of
mesmerizing sonic art with artists like Tina Frank, Karoe Goldt, Michaela
Grill, Michaela Schwentner and Billy Roisz, as well as others. These works
epitomize in many aspects the highly collaborative nature of Austrian
avant-garde moving images. By appropriating digital technology, the artists
have expanded the notion of collaboration, in which the "artist" and the
"musician" play equal and complementary roles, and are often influenced by
graphic artists, webmasters and designers. The common defining factor
visible in all these independent, if not underground, films and videos is an
unmistakable idiosyncratic visual grammar.

These selections are born of a collective desire to explore different means
used in the making of screen works, both "classics" and the undeservedly
little-known oeuvre of both renowned and emerging artists. Ignoring certain
formal canons and underlining the visual and musical poetry are these
programs' leitmotifs. Bouncing back and forth between historical, social and
aesthetic questions and purely formal works that wreak havoc with the
retina, this panoramic, non-inclusive selection is an attempt to define a
poetic edge within the vast array of production while underlining links and
relationships between several generations of artists, (re)discovering new
ways of entering into the "material" and the frame, and examining the
mechanics of cinema. (Brent Klinkum)

Brent Klinkum has directed Transat Vidéo since it's creation in 1994. Based
in Caen, France, Transat Vidéo proposes yearly around a hundred different
screening programs in cafés, galleries, museums, cinemas, festivals, fine
art schools, in the countryside. With few exceptions programs are inspired
by themes in relation to the context in which they are screened. Flipbooks,
photos, performances, sound works, readings by actors regularly accompany
the films and videos. Transat Vidéo also curates several exhibitions every
year, co-produces installations and videos.

Amongst his parallel activities Brent Klinkum has been jury member of
numerous international film and media art festivals, jury member of Fine Art
school diplomas (Le Fresnoy, École Sup de l'image Angoulème) and
participated in the preselection comitees of various festivals. Since 2004
he is member of the New Media collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou in
Paris. His curatorial activities includes exhibition and audiovisual
programs in Paris, Caen, Zürich, Amien, Vienna, Brussels, Berlin, Zagreb,
Filmforum's screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission;
the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; the Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts; and the Metabolic Studio. Additional support
generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members,
ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening
experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and
experimental animation. 2012 is our 37th year
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