Double 8 focuses on the encounter with Linda Christanell, artist of the feminist avant-garde of the 1970s, and opens a projection space. In a decade of departure - following the male-occupied social criticism of Viennese Actionism - artists like them are questioning the social power and gender relations and claiming their place in the art business and the history of art.
In Double 8 the need for interchange with the history of film and its makers becomes tangible: as mutual viewing and being viewed. Two handheld cameras, two spools of double-8 film, four frames: two artists from different generations encounter one another by pointing the camera at each other. (C. P.)
Double 8 by Christiana Perschon offers a silent view of unsplit 8mm film, a four-screen portrait of Linda Christanell, an Austrian avant-gardist from the 1970s. She appears securely hidden by both a movie camera and the film´s abundant, hand-processed solarization. Then the picture clears and the artist can be found squinting in concentration, struggling with her mechanical eye prosthesis.
(Mike Hoolboom, Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival Daily Reviews)
Regiestatement Christiana Perschon
3 min 10 sec