I am sad

The video I am sad is part of a series of works on "digital translations of reality" (D. Bruckmayr). Fuckhead - one of the band projects of cultural workers Bruckmayr/Strohmann - is one of these translation projects. The masculinity-charged raging of brachial heavy metal music runs - analogue to the technical processes of sound mixing - through the filter of another cultural form of expression: the opera and its melodramatic employment of voices, as well as the distant, cool, electronic creation of sound. The result is a bastard, a science-fiction being whose existence grows increasingly precarious.

Fuckhead possibly tells - in image and sound and data - of human sensibilities at the edge, of that which the author J.G. Ballard calls "psychopathologies of the future" (in his epochal novel Crash). The expression quite aptly represents this video. Its "clinical picture"
is that of the love sick, intense sorrow at the loss of love: "I am sad, because you do not understand me / melancholy steals my sleep at night." Siemar Aigner´s pathetic bass drowns out the scratchy surface of electronic accompaniment. The antagonism between the Spartan electronics, which tend to refuse to lead the melody, and the presence of a human voice is mirrored in the visual translation of the number: the image of a human face (created in a computer by means of 3-D software) is horizontally deformed to the rhythm of the verse, disheveled along the lines of the acoustic information from the computer. When the song stops, black takes over the picture and narrows the narrative space down to music. The absence of the human element is heavier (textually, as well as visually) than its presence.

(Michael Loebenstein)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
ich bin traurig
Year
2004
Country
Austria
Duration
5 min
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
german
Subtitles
english
Downloads
I am sad (Image)
I am sad (Image)
I am sad (Image)
Credits
Director
Michael Strohmann, Didi Bruckmayr
Sound
Fuckhead
Available Formats
Betacam SP (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Festivals (Selection)
2004
Odense - Int. Film Festival
Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
London - BFI International Film Festival
Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
2005
Barcelona - Sonar Int. Festival of Advanced Music
Bristol - Brief Encounters
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Augsburg - Kurzfilmwochenende
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Dallas - Video Festival