8/64 Ana - Action Brus

With Ana - Aktion Brus, I saw that this was a good way of recording the whole action in single-frames. With the single frame shots, there was, of course, no cutting plan. Everything was done purely intuitively. There was not much to consider, and it all had to be done really quickly.
(Kurt Kren)




Kren´s first film of an "action" by Günter Brus. This three-minute film was far more akin to the American-style "happening" in that the content was not particularly extreme. It was built up from items such as broken bicycle parts, a nude model, pieces of furniture and these elements were then obscured or transformed by having a layer of paint thrown on them. Kren films short sequences from many different angles, using high-contrast black and white film to create an effect not unlike that of a painting by Robert Kline.
(Stephen Dwoskin)

Then comes Kren’s first film with Günter Brus – 8/64 Ana – Aktion Brus. The expressive style Kren is suddenly confronted with makes him depart from seriality and flash editing. His response is the “Great Abstraction”. Free gestural photography corresponds to Brus’s pathos; Kren pumps images of Tachist disintegration onto the film strip. While flash editing had made Mühl’s actions rage, the repetitive qualities had ensured that the “moving ornament” was still legible. The single-frame process Kren uses to record Brus’s action as if writing with his camera makes the image almost less than discernible.
(Peter Tscherkassky)

Orig. Title
8/64 Ana - Aktion Brus
Year
1964
Country
Austria
Duration
2 min 40 sec
Director
Kurt Kren
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
Credits
Director
Kurt Kren
Action
Günter Brus
Available Formats
16 mm (Original Format)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
silent
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
silent
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
Festivals (Selection)
1994
Riga - Arsenals - Int. Film Festival
1996
Luzern - VIPER - Int. Film-,Video-& Multimedia-Festival
Tokyo - Ebisu Int. Festival
1998
Palermo - l'immagine leggera. Int. Videoart, Film & Media Festival
Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts
1999
Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche
2000
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
2001
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
2002
Zürich - VIDEOEXperimental; Video & Film Festival
2004
Helsinki - Avanto Media Art Festival