A film by Gustav Deutsch
Treatment / Script
PLATO´S CAVE TIMES FIVE is a cinematic adaptation of the cave allegory of the Greek philosopher Plato in five episodes. Each episode addresses a different interpretation of the allegory, and is enacted as a reference to a film genre/subgenre of the history of film and its precursors:
1. Education >< Shadow Theater / Phantasmagoria / Magic Lantern show
2. Culture >< Cinema of attractions / slapstick film
3. Politics >< German expressionism / Film noir
4. Religion >< Mystical Avantgarde film / Horror film
5. Media >< Science fiction / Fantasy film
2,500 years after Plato, his allegory of the cave is of unbroken topicality with respect to the five themes of the episodes. In an age of galloping consumerism, of fear-stoked xenophobia, populist politics, religious fanaticism and an uncontrolled media presence, the rise from the sensually perceptible world of transitional things in the “cave” into the purely intellectual world of immutable being appears to be a necessary educational path that is equivalent to a process of liberation.
Expositur Tullnerbach, BG | BRG Purkersdorf
Color concept: Gustav Deutsch, Hanna Schimek
A film by Gustav Deutsch
AT 2017, DCP, s/w & Farbe, 107 min
Original Music: Christian Fennesz
Sound: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
The film undertakes a journey via amateur film recordings gathered from archives in Austria, Italy, Holland and England, “traveling” from Boston to Italy, from the USA to Austria’s Burgenland, from Maryland to Greece, between Vienna, Sydney and Switzerland.
It is a journey, that employs a broad media-archeological array in a form of letter writing: from first color home movies to video and digital cell phone images and skype.
Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal
Sunday, Oct 8, 7.00 pm
Tuesday, Oct 10, 5.15 pm
Master Class, Wednesday Oct 11, 13.00h
FESTIVALS / PRESENTATIONS:
Archivio Aperto Festival, HOME MOVIES - Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia:
Filmprogramme and Master Class about Home Movies with excerpts from HOW WE LIVE - messages to the family.
Saturday, Nov 4, and Sunday, Nov 5, 2017
Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata:
Nov 20, Paseo Aldrey, Sala 5, 11.30pm
Nov 21, Paseo Aldrey, Sala 5, 2.00pm
Nov 26, Los Gellagos Shopping, Sala 2, 7.00pm
Filmmaker Festival Internazionale di Cinema, Milano
10.12.2017, Spazio Aberdan, 9.30pm
Diagonale Festival des Österreichischen Films
16.3.2018, UCI Annenhof, Saal 5, 9:00pm
17.3.2018, UCI Annenhof, Saal 5, 1:30pm
Filmarchiv Austria, Metro Kinokulturhaus
5.4.2018, Metro Kino, 7:30pm
Masterclass "Home Movie Now?!", So 8.4.2018, 16:00h
So Leben Wir, Screening, 6:00pm
IndieLisboa Festival des Unabhängigen Films
26.4.2018, Cinemateca FR, 9:30pm
Jeonju International Filmfestival
4.5. Jeonju Digital Indopendent Cinema, 4:30pm
7.5. MEGABOX Jeonju (Gaeksa) 8, 2:00pm
IndieCork FIlm Festival
12.10.2018, Gate Cinema, 12:00pm
23.10.2018, endstation.kino, Bochum-Langendreer, 8:00pm
Ann Arbor Film Festival
8-channel sound work, endless
7-part series of images
TONSPUR 74, TONSPUR_passage / MQ Wien, 29.05.17– 29.07.17, daily 10am–8pm
Phenakides, an abandoned village in the mountains of the Greek island Aegina.
A cistern that is being conserved and stores water for goats.
85 stones: 1+2+3+5+8+13+21+13+8+5+3+2+1
Thrown into the water in the Fiabonacci Sequence, on 22.2.2017.
Apart from that: Silence.
Visible in the distance: Athens, a busy metropolis.
Three Part Performance Series by Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek in the context of the Artistic Research project: Reset The Apparatus!
DIE BILDERWERFER (The Image Throwers)
17.10.2016, Unttld Contemporary Gallery, Wien
An artist, who explores the technical possibilities of the two optical devices (Episcope and Overhead Projector) in view of its usefulness for artistic work.
A representative of the Company Liesegang, presents the optical devices produced by the company and tells about the companies history.
DAS LEBENDE BILD & DIE BIENENZUCHT (The Living Image and the Beekeeping)
29.5.2017, Austrian Film Museum
In not far away future:
A media archaeologist and an entomologist determine and archive historical images of obsolete formats and extinct species.
BILDER - SCHIESSEN
12.6.2018, Austrian Film Museum
In their third lecture-performance Bilder – Schießen Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek target, metaphorically and literally, the act of shooting in the image-making process, the image producers and the audience.
Collaborative research- preservation- and presentation project with the Austrian Film Museum.
From the Homepage of the Film Museum:
“In the context of Basis.Kultur.Wien’s SHIFT-program the Film Museum will take an in-depth look at amateur films both in the collection and in contemporary formats that look at the city of Vienna from its margins.
Artists Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek will be heading this project in which the Film Museum will collect, show and preserve private moving images. Film and video-works from amateur filmmaking contexts of the last decades will be put into relation with contemporary forms of this practice, such as clips from mobile phones or social media uploads.
In two temporary out posts of the Austrian Film Museum, in Wien Sandleiten (2.6. - 16.6.2018) and in Seestadt Aspern (22.6. - 6.7.2018) seven programms, curated by Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek and made up of historical and contemporary examples, will be shown in a "Unvisible Moving Cinema". At the same time, Vienniese inhabitants are called to bring their own private materials to the out post of the Film Museum.
Films by Gustav Deutsch 1990 – 2015
DVD, INDEX, 2016
Notes and Sketches I
31 pocket films from 2005 to 2015 (digital, col, 60min)
Adria – Holiday Films 1954 – 68 (School of Seeing I)
A 1990, 16mm (S-8 Blow-up), col & b/w, 37 min
Eyewitnesses in Foreign Countries
AT/MA 1993, 16mm, col, 33 min
Gustav Deutsch, Mostafa Tabbou