PETER TSCHERKASSKY - Exquisite Ecstasies

 

"'Approaching the Exquisite Corpus' was an alternative title we considered for this DVD release. It would have indicated how the films introduced here from my early Super 8 phase already evidence an artistically consistent path leading to my most recent production to date. THE EXQUISITE CORPUS, and highlighted my endeavor since the 1980s to make the specific qualities of the analog film medium sensuously tangible in the form of "exquisite ecstasies". No matter how various the imagery of BLOOD-LETTING, FILM OF LOVE, HOLIDAY FILM, TABULA RASA or THE EXQUISITE CORPUS, each of these films crystalizes an essential impulse at the heart of my entire artistic work: to expose the utterly distinct nature of analog transferrable to any other medium."  

– Peter Tscherkassky

 
  ADERLASS – Blood-letting  (1981)

ADERLASS – Blood-letting (1981)

"ADERLASS (1981) is a youthful attempt to process the inheritance of the Vienna Activists using a Super-8 camera. A performance is staged in front of the camera by Armin Schmickl Sebastiano."

- Peter Tscherkassky

FILM OF LOVE revolves around a further elemental component of cinema, namely the individual film frame.  It constitutes my first precisely measured work, and numbers among the few films I have made worthy of being termed ‘structural’.  Here again Peter Kubelka’s influence (FRAGMENTS OF KUBELKA) cannot be missed.”

- Peter Tscherkassky

"HOLIDAY FILM…takes up the difference between reality and its image, questioning cinematic illusionism.  I used footage shot in the summer of 1982 during a holiday in Germany’s Harz mountains as my source material. HOLIDAY FILM aspired to translate the privacy and intimacy to be expected of a vacation film into an encounter with the private and intimate nature of filmic materiality itself. A key to the overall concept of HOLIDAY FILM was to embody in a nutshell the emancipatory movement of Modernist art toward pure abstraction.”

- Peter Tscherkassky

 
   TABULA RASA  (1987/89)

 TABULA RASA (1987/89)

"The target of TABULA RASA (1987/89) is the heart of cinema: Voyeuristic desire as the pre-condition for any cinematic pleasure is here at stake. What Christian Metz and Jacques Lacan have established in theory is rendered as film in TABULA RASA."

- Gabriele Jutz

 
  THE EXQUISITE CORPUS   (2015)

THE EXQUISITE CORPUS  (2015)

"A dream narrative of a sleeping beauty -a nudist found unconscious on a beach- intertwining different films, different bodies, caresses, screams of shock and cries of ardour, THE EXQUISITE CORPUS works  to collapse the line between the filmed body and the celluloid Tscherkassky meticulously manipulates in his darkroom...This is where Tscherkassky's love for celluloid is wedded to his source films' love for flesh, where the pathways to climax -narrative and sexual- are built from the same component parts of mystery, attraction, rhythm, repetition, variation, new sensations, and ecstasy."

- Daniel Kasman


 
 
 

  Contents

Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)

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ADERLASS - Blood-Letting
(Austria, 1981)

Director: Peter Tscherkassky

• 11 minutes
• Super-8
• Color
• No dialogue

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LIEBESFILM
(Austria, 1982)

Director: Peter Tscherkassky

• 8 minutes
• Super-8
• B&W
• Silent

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URLAUBSFILM
(Austria, 1983)

Director: Peter Tscherkassky

• 17 minutes
• Super-8
• Color
• No dialogue

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tabula rasa
(Austria, 1987/89)

Director: Peter Tscherkassky

• 17 minutes
• Super-8
• Color
• No dialogue

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THE EXQUISITE CORPUS
(Austria, 2015)

Director: Peter Tscherkassky

• 19 minutes
• 35mm
• B&W
• Sound

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Total Running Time: 01:04:00

Booklet Text: Peter Tscherkassky (24 pages, Bilingual English & German) 

Published By: Index DVD

Institutional Price: $250 (plus shipping)

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