An attempt to transform a Roman Western into a Greek tragedy. —IMDb
Born in 1958 in Vienna, Austria. Lived in Berlin 1979-84. Studied philosophy. Doctoral thesis: “Film as Art. Towards a Critical Aesthetics of Cinematography” (1985/86). Founding member of Sixpack Film. Organized several international avant-garde film festivals in Vienna and film tours abroad. Since 1984 numerous publications and lectures on the history and theory of avant-garde film. 1993 and 1994 artistic director of the annual Austrian film festival “Diagonale”. Editor of the book “Peter Kubelka” (1995; with Gabriele Jutz). Films since 1979. Recent book: Alexander Horwath, Michael Loebenstein (Ed.), “Peter Tscherkassky” (germ./engl.; Vienna 2005). —http://www.tscherkassky.at
A cinematic barometer. Evidence of an interior and self, Aguaespejo couldn't have put it better but It made me wonder if a film could provide another with a self awareness. Short of its own existence, a film (cinema and the image) has its own sense of tragedy almost inherent tragedy one based on the limitations of our creations. So in turn the tragedy is ours because only we can experience it. I can't wait to revisit this and Outer Space together.
"Short of its own existence, a film [...] has its own sense of tragedy almost inherent tragedy one based on the limitations of our creations." Oh thats beautiful David. I would be curious to know what your response to the trilogy (L'arrivee, Dream Work, Outer Space) as trilogy is? In my mind somehow I seem to have carved off Outer Space and bracketed it with Instructions...
I feel like its been a while but I believe I saw many of the same things within the trilogy like he was speaking to the Lumières or to Hitchcock over the audience like he was filming film history but on the other hand I couldn't connect with the overwhelming velocity of a film like Outer Space and L' Arrive and lost interest. Dreamwork i liked the best out of the three I really love Man Ray so in that way the movie clicked. I really need to see them all together again though.
Yeah. Somehow the Lumiere in L'arrivee and the Man Ray/Freud/primal scene/eros in Dreamwork did not click. On the other hand Outer Space and Instructions are so magnificent. I need to see them all again soon!//Thanks! I usually save up films I think I will really like...so I'm saving Timeless Bottomless...Ill probably end up watching it within a week. You can expect a post on your wall then bugging you for what you got out of it ;)
Amazing, visually explosive nearly-terminal kinofist cinema, that reminds me of the Beckett novels. What Outer Space did with the horror film & its fear of identity dissolution-of person,of style (its found footage after all) & art form- this does with the Western & its fear of fate. In a a bleaker strain, where even the Seinsfrage necessary for a persona to understand the conditions of its existence seems foreclosed