Peter Tscherkassky ­ new books and DVDs

Dear friends!

I herewith would like to let you know about three to four new publications on the book market – each related to my pursuits.
Let us begin with the first comprehensive history of Austrian avant-garde film in English:

Peter Tscherkassky (Ed.),
Film Unframed. A History of Austrian Avant-Garde Cinema
Vienna: FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen/sixpackfilm, 2012
World distribution: Columbia University Press – Wallflower

Next, a bilingual book (Spanish/English), including a previously unpublished essay by Tom Gunning:
Maximiliano Cruz, Sandra Gómez, Moisés Cosío (Eds.),
Desde el cuarto oscuro. El cine manufracturado de Peter Tscherkassky / From a Dark Room. The Manufractured Cinema of Peter Tscherkassky
Mexico City: Interior 13, Alumnos 47, 2012

And last but not least, in my opinion an exquisite study by Patrick Dorner, solely in German:
Charakteristika des Avantgarde- und Experimentalfilms in Österreich: Die Arbeit des Filmemachers und Filmwissenschafters Peter Tscherkassky
München: Grien Verlag, 2011

Details & availability:

Film Unframed. A History of Austrian Avant-Garde Cinema [English]
Edited by Peter Tscherkassky. Vienna: FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen, 2012.
376 pages, numerous reproductions – stills, illustrations, photos (color & b/w).
Hardcover. ISBN: 978-390164442-9
Sub-Editor: Eve Heller
Translators: Eve Heller, Steve Wilder, Adrian Martin, Fabrice Leroy
Appendix (Biographies, Filmographies, Bibliographies): Brigitta Burger-Utzer

Contents:
Peter Tscherkassky – “There must be something in the water...”
Adrian Martin – I Dream of Austria
Peter Tscherkassky – Ground Survey. An Initial Mapping of an Expanding Territory
Stefan Grissemann – Countdown to Zero. Before the Avant-Garde: Austrian Visionary Film 1951–1955
Peter Tscherkassky – The World According to Kubelka
Peter Tscherkassky – The Halted Sun of Ferry Radax
Stefan Grissemann – Fundamental Punk. On Kurt Kren’s Universal Cinema
Norbert Pfaffenbichler – Shadow Burns. Notes on the Film Works of Marc Adrian
Hans Scheugl – Expanded Cinemas Exploding
Peter Tscherkassky – The Generalist: Ernst Schmidt Jr.
Stefan Grissemann – Time Slice, Space Block. The Synthetic Realities of Viennese Filmmaker Hans Scheugl
Maureen Turim – VALIE EXPORT: The Female Body in Myrad Frames
Maya McKechneay – Two Telephone Books, a Lightbulb and a Glass Plate. How Maria Lassnig’s Low-Fi Animated Films influenced an Entire Generation of Animation Filmmakers
Bert Rebhandl – The Garden of Earthly Delights. On the Films of Dietmar Brehm
Jonathan Rosenbaum – Lisl Ponger’s Cinema. The Lessons of Ignorance
Maureen Turim – Works of Dreams and Shadows. The Films of Peter Tscherkassky
Christa Blümlinger – The Filmic Convulsions of Mara Mattuschka
Livio Belloï – Gustav Deutsch, Visual Thinker
Steve Anker – Reanimator, Stutterer, Eraser. Martin Arnold and the Ghosts of Cinema
Andréa Picard – Viva Voce. Josef Dabernig’s Operatic Avocations
Christoph Huber – Weapon of Choice. Notes on Notes on Film. Or, The Man Who is Squidward Tentacles. On the Works of Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Nicole Brenez – “Is This the Precise Way That Worlds are Reborn?” The Films of Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Steve Bates – Michaela Grill. Vibrating Currents
Barbara Pichler – Avant-Garde Now. Notes on Contemporary Film Art
Peter Tscherkassky – The Framework of Modernity. Some concluding remarks on cinema and modernism

Available in bookstores, via Amazon, and the Austrian Film Museum
http://www.filmmuseum.at/shop , and at Columbia University Press
http://cup.columbia.edu/search?q=Tscherkassky&go.x=5&go.y=14

Desde el cuarto oscuro. El cine manufracturado de Peter Tscherkassky /From a Dark Room. The Manufractured Cinema of Peter Tscherkassky [Spanish/English]
Edited by Maximiliano Cruz, Sandra Gómez and Moisés Cosío.
Mexico City: Interior 13, Alumnos 47, 2012.
192 pages, numerous stills (color & b/w). ISBN 978-607-95814-0-4
Translators: Tiosha Bojórquez, Edda Webels, Eve Heller, Sandra Gómez, Maximiliano Cruz

Contents:
Maximiliano Cruz, Sandra Gómez – Introduction
Tom Gunning – Peter Tscherkassky Manufractures Two Minutes of (Im)Pure Cinema
Christoph Huber – A Matter of Life and Death. Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine
Michael Loebenstein – The Passion of an Historiographer. On Coming Attractions
Peter Tscherkassky – Epilogue, Prologue. Autobiographical Notes Along the Lines of a Filmography
Peter Tscherkassky – How and Why? A Few Comments Concerning Production Techniques Employed in the Making of the CinemaScope Trilogy
Filmography, Bibliography

http://www.interior13.com/en/publicaciones

Patrick Dorner, Charakteristika des Avantgarde- und Experimentalfilms in Österreich: Die Arbeit des Filmemachers und Filmwissenschafters Peter Tscherkassky [German]
Munich: Grien Verlag, 2011. 154 pages, numerous frame enlargements. ISBN 978-3-656-01051-7

Contents:
Einleitung
Grundlegende Definitionen/Theoretische Auseinandersetzung mit dem Avantgardefilm
Filme aus der Dunkelkammer
1979 bis 1984 – die Frühwerke
Motion Picture (La Sortie des Ouvriers de l´Usine Lumière à Lyon)
Manufraktur
Die CinemaScope Trilogie
Get Ready
Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine
Sprache und Film – Filmgrammatik in den Arbeiten Peter Tscherkasskys
Fazit

Available in bookstores and via Amazon

And breaking news for Italian speaking friends of high film art and –theory,
another book released within the past few weeks:

Massimiliano Fierro, Tra le immagini. Per una teoria dell’intervallo [Italian]
Alessandria: Edizioni Falsopiano, 2012. ISBN 978-88-89782-82-8.
Rough translation: „Between the Images. Toward a Theory of the Interval“. The last third of the book is dedicated to an analysis of my films Outer Space, Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine, and Coming Attractions. Excerpts can be found at http://www.falsopiano.com/intervallo.htm where the book is also available for purchase.

Postscriptum:

The currently out-of-stock Index DVD Peter Tscherkassky – Films from a Dark Room is looking forward to a third edition and will soon again be available.
A further DVD is currently in production: Peter Tscherkassky – Attractions, Instructions and Other Romances, also to be released on Index. The following titles will be made available on this DVD:
Parallel Space: Inter-View (1992)
Erotique (1982)
Happy-End (1996)
Shot – Countershot (1987)
Nachtstück [Nocturne] (2006)
Coming Attractions (2010)
Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine (2005)
Plus a bonus-track: Ballett 16 (1984)

The bilingual monograph Peter Tscherkassky [German/English], edited by Alexander Horwath and Michael Loebenstein (Wien: FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen, 2005), is out of print and for the time being there are no plans to issue a second edition. Used copies can currently be found at Amazon.com starting at $225,-- and at Amazon.de starting at € 192,--.

And finally, as a chill-out bonus track:
In the 2012 ranking of the Greatest Films of All Time, published every ten years by the BFI film magazine „Sight & Sound“, Outer Space was honored with the ranking of position #322 (Filmmakers poll) and position #377 (Critics poll), based on 846 top-ten lists of cinephiles including directors, academics, distributors, curators and writers from 73 countries who collectively cited 2,045 different films.
Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine was honored with the ranking of position #894 (Critics poll).
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27/09/2012