Eerie, both disturbing and visually stunning. Ecstatic and distressful. A surprising object of craftsmanship. Tscherkassky produced a film manipulating film. Light arises from the dark, giving us overlaping moving images and looping sounds, haunting fragments that we feel could be moments of a woman's life, or a horror film we know. Or both. We think we recognize the woman, or the actress. Or the moments.*
"The immersive experience of [Outer Space] is marked by a collapse between the world of the frame and the mechanics of filming and projection. It's as if Tscherkassky is suggesting... a potential violence restrained by every film frame. An explosion of off-screen energy that can shatter the veneer of the film form... a deeply sensual experience which implicates and surrounds the viewer." - R. Graham, Senses of Cinema
What happens when the abyss before comprehension loops back in on itself and refuses to resolve into the narrative power of coherence. This is that! This was physically difficult for me to watch - however, this didn't keep me from becoming entranced by the visuals, the sound.
An abrasive, fragmented short film full of rapid montage and layers of superimposed images. Tscherkassky samples a sequence from the 1981 film The Entity starring Barbara Hershey, and the result is a nightmarish concoction. However, as a cinematic experience, Outer Space is an intoxicating work of post-modern art.
A stunning work if not a little too virtuosic. I love true avant-garde work because it is the conscience of art, it pushes us to ask what we are doing and why. It projects new ways of seeing/feeling. I got chills when the film began to "devolve," and I appreciated this as an exercise. What prevents it from overwhelming my soul is that Tscherkassky expressed what he knows about editing...not life.
Not to be one of those people who doesn't "get it." If I could focus on it for a moment I may have been able to take it in more. Unfortunately, the sounds and visuals are such an assault on the senses that it literally hurt to watch it. Definitely not suggested for anyone prone to seizures.