This series of filmograms is a project in cooperation with the Filmarchiv Austria. The films were taken from the FAA Laxenburg and exposed and developed in the laboratory of the former company, Synchrofilm.
During the two years I workeding in a filmlab I mostlydid mainly scanned 16mm & 35mm footage from various archives. There was no way around to do more of the of doing more photograms, which in years past I had I used to developede years ago (see 43.819 Frames). Most of the prints came from 16mm reels, A/B neg, black & white pos/neg, color, whatever looked good to this photogram technic. Less homogen material meant more fun for me!
Soon into the process I discovered specific patterns and signs to indicate the condition of the film material. Not only old and bad splices, but also something starting to grow out of the center of the reel. This THING makes it way from inside out, looking like the iris of an eye or a sunbeam going its way. Or, more darkly imagined, a kind of film cancer. It seems like the material becomes higher density, not allowing the light to get through much. This made me think of using a photogram technique, as a way to show the present, physical state of the reel, without winding the film. It seemed to me as a last chance at being able to retrieve the finger print from this fragile material.
Photograms of 16 & 35mm filmreels printed on baryte-paper on aluminium, 50cm x 60cm.
Nov. 2017 – Jan 2018 „Celluloid in einem anderen Licht“ – Metro Cinema, Vienna
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