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Hans Scheugl - The Seconds Strike Reality

Year: 2008, 97 mins
Code: IN-Hans

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'The Seconds Strike Reality'

-Wien 17, Schumanngasse (1967), 3 min,
-Hernals (1967), 11 min,
-Safety Film (1968), 6 min,
-Sugar Daddies (1968), 9 min,
-Eroticon Sublim (1968), 2 min,
-Der Ort Der Zeit (1985), 40 min,
-Prince Of Peace (1993), 8 Min,
-(Calcutta) Go (1993), 9 min,
-Bonustrack: Wiener Underground (1969), 9 min

Wien 17, Schumanngasse
A car drives through Schumann street from its beginning to its end and is filmed in such a way, that the beginning of the film is exposed exactly at the moment the car starts at the beginning of Schumann street, until at the farthest end of Schumann street the camera is just able to take in the street sign. ... Our sensual organs provide a daily film, whose rules may be made conscious by this film. We will never know, how long this street really is, since rules and structures of reality are only gaugable by the rules and structures of our image forming calculations, thereby never examinable.
(Peter Weibel)

Two realities, differently perceived according to the conditions of this film, were edited into one synthetic reality, where everything is repeated. This doubling up destroys the postulate: identity of copy and image. Loss of identity, loss of reality (e.g. schizophrenia). One has only to imagine a theater piece, where the actors recite each sentence twice, make each gesture twice, play each scene twice - and one conceives perhaps the monstrosity of our reality, which does not allow for duplications. Time is not stopped, but streched - time as fissure between copy and image, time, which creates space.
(Peter Weibel)



Hans Scheugl, born 1940 in Vienna. Independent filmmaker since 1966. Collaborations with Ernst Schmidt jr. and Peter Weibel; joint publications from 1966, first film screening 1967. Founded the Austria Filmmakers Cooperative together with Ernst Schmidt jr., Peter Weibel, Valie Export, Kurt Kren, and Gottfried Schlemmer. In his films, Schleugl is concerned with real time/film time (Hernals, Wien 17, Schumanngasse) and in his Expanded Cinema actions (Der Voyeur, Sugar Daddies, zzz: hamburg special) with film as material and reality. In the 1970s he withdrew from filmmaking and published several books. For many years, he retreated entirely from the art scene and spent long periods of time in India. He re-founded the Filmmakers Coop in 1982 and returned to filmmaking in 1985 with Der Ort der Zeit. Until the early 1990s he shot several films, including a documentary for Austrian television about Kurt Kren. He has published several books and essays and is involved with photography and video.

All of the films collected on this DVD have in common a focused and precise observation of spatial structures. Whether interiors, spaces that have to do with the material or cinematic spaces, whether the city of Calcutta or specific places in Vienna: Scheugl follows not only a precise plan, but also a linear - albeit not causal - logic of narration, which is based on a simple chronological progression "one thing after another."
(Dietmar Schwärzler)



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