Exterior Extended

Exterior Extended

Siegfried A. Fruhauf´s Exterior Extended is a prime example of an artistic strategy whereby a maximum effect is achieved through the combination of a minimum of individual elements. A 35mm film with thirty–six photos on it suffices as starting material for a stringent study on the theme of spatial perception in film. As motif, Fruhauf takes a dilapidated ruin of a house in the countryside wildly overgrown with plants. He photographs exclusively from the inside to the outside, ground level, through frameless window openings, which are consistently visible in the photos. This hereby frames the individual landscape photos, and clearly defines the border between inside and outside.
Fruhauf worked out the photo series digitally, layering the photos systematically, both positive as well as negative, multiply on top of one another. The result of this working process can be experienced twice in a row in Exterior Extended, separated by a shot of a human birth, which appears briefly. The sharp contrast black–and–white film develops a strong vacuum effect due to the image layering and montage, which is additionally highlighted by the rhythmic, synthetic, minimal soundtrack. In his work, Fruhauf continues concepts of structural film by combining the classical, historical mediums of film and photography with digital image processing methods. In Exterior Extended the filmmaker drafts an experimental battle painting by allowing the opponents to appear on screen: black vs. white, positive vs. negative, inside vs. outside, nature vs. architecture, analogue vs. digital, freeze frame vs. motion picture, and 2D vs. 3D.

(Norbert Pfaffenbichler)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt


Interior and exterior space blur in a frenzied staccato layering of digital imagery, creating the film’s distinctive sphere of subjective experience. The spectator penetrates the medium’s imaginary interior – drawn in by the undertow of glimmering pictures. A subtle game of perception assembled from 36 individual frames.

(S. A. F.)

Orig. Title
Exterior Extended
Year
2013
Country
Austria
Duration
9 min
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Concept & Realization
Siegfried A. Fruhauf
Sound
Jürgen Gruber
Supported by
Land Oberösterreich, bm:ukk
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Sound Format
Dolby Surround
Color Format
b/w
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
Dolby Surround
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
b/w
Blu-ray (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
Dolby Surround
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
b/w
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Festivals (Selection)
2013
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Linz - Crossing Europe Film Festival
Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
Cork - IndieCork Film Festival
Vila do Conde - Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens
Wroclaw - New Horizons Festival
New York Film Festival - Views from the Avant-Garde
Montréal - Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
Denver - Int. Film Festival
Uppsala - Int. Short Film Festival
Jihlava Documentary Film Festival (Best Experimental Documentary Award)
Wien - One Day Animation Festival
2014
Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche
Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Edinburgh - International Film Festival
Lausanne LUFF Underground Film Festival
Sevilla - Festival del Cine Europeo
Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
Sevilla - Festival del Cine Europeo