A tangled network woven with tiny particles of movements broken out of found footage and compiled anew: the elements of the “to the left, to the right, back and forth” grammar of narrative space, discharged from all sematic burden. What remains is a self-sufficient swarm of splinters, fleeting vectors of lost direction, furrowed with the traces of the manual process of production. —independent film and video database
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
I was somehow hypnotized. I felt like driving a car during an overdose and trying to recreate pieces of my last days, my life.
La voiture, cet engin mythologique, fruit des mains de l'homme autant que de la mécanique industrielle. La voiture, cette douce assurance de se rendre jusqu'à destination, tout aussi loin soit-elle. "Manufraktur" (en)raye la belle carrosserie de cette Voiture. En glissant un "r" dans l'usine, Tscherkassky déconstruit l'image publicitaire et le glacis moderne qui pare les automobiles.
Lovely: Im going to translate (pardon my french!) this for those who don't have any French: The car, that mythical engine, fruit of man's labor as much as industrial production. The car, that lovely promise of reaching the destination, however far. 'Manufracture' jams/scratches up the beautiful body of that car. By slipping that 'r' into the factory (i.e. manufacture), Tscherkassky deconstructs the publicity image and the swanky glaze that covers automobiles.