automatic

The basic elements of automatic, "three men, three cars and three obsessions", call to mind a number of scenes from road movies. But none of its seven minutes actually take place in a moving car. There are no panoramas of spaces where people interact, and no ground is covered. In its dense sequence of images all the action is internal: in the editing, the cars, and in a garage. The scenes in black-and-white adhere to a rigid, minimalistic structure comprising the three car models with their "drivers" and three camera angles which interact with details of the cars´ logos and still lifes in the garage. The "drivers", encapsulated in their vehicles, serve as symbols of freedom and are absorbed in activities which reflect artistic creation, meditation and voyeurism: They draw, handle with a camera and listen to music. The cars´ windows are dirty, and dust and inertia are the outer parameters within which they operate. Not until the last shot is the viewer permitted to see the scenery as a whole, a rural garage, which once again underlines the eccentric nature of a setting in which patterns of a structural automatization (of a social mechanization and a montage of images, and also of a genre) and their encoded forms (such as liberalization, freedom, individuality and authenticity) are altered in a subversive way.

automatic takes a look at loners, motor vehicles and obsessions while wit and paradoxes are used to differentiate being driven and the fetishization of engines. The semi-electronic uptempo Latin beat, the soundtrack by Binder&Krieglstein, takes the question of the motor behind things to a different level.

(Rike Frank)


Three men, three cars and three obsessions: automatic is a rhythmical and pulsating film tribute to the garage and the engine, but most of all to the car as a fetish. The hot Latin beats fill the garage with music.

(Catalog of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow)


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Orig. Title
automatic
Year
2002
Country
Austria
Duration
7 min
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Credits
Director
Josef Dabernig, G.R.A.M.
Cinematography
Christian Giesser
Music
Binder&Krieglstein
Editing
xxkunstkabel/ Volker Sernetz, G.R.A.M., Josef Dabernig
Actor/Actress
Josef Dabernig, Martin Behr, Gerhard Peckary, Günther Holler-Schuster
Production
Josef Dabernig, G.R.A.M.
Available Formats
16 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
b/w
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,33
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
b/w
Digital File (prores, h264)
Festivals (Selection)
2002
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
Los Angeles - LA Freewaves
2003
Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
Wiesbaden - exground on screen
2004
Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival