Not Home. Picturing the Foreign
Over the past half-century, two tendencies have dominated independent, artisanal filmmaking. One of these is the fascination with the material artifacts of cinema's history: it is often called “found-footage filmmaking” and sometimes “recycled cinema”. Filmmakers working in this vein are often archeologists of cinema, aesthetically and/or ideologically engaging with the work of earlier generations of filmmakers of all kinds. The other tendency has produced a remarkable cinema of Place: depictions of a wide range of environments that ask us to really see (and hear) where we and our human colleagues across the globe are in relation to our natural/cultural environments. Throughout his long career, Gustav Deutsch has been an important contributor to both these tendencies.
Gustav Deutsch is an Austrian filmmaker and artist. Trained as an Architect, he moved to film and art in the late 1980ies, and became one of the leading international filmmakers working with Found Footage. His trilogy FILM IST., on the phenomenology of the medium film, realised in close cooperation with European and Ameri- can film archives (e.g. Netherlands Film Museum, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Imperial War Museum, Cineteca di Bologna, Centre National de la Cinematographie, The Kinsey Institute, Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Film- archiv Austria, a.o.), has been shown widely at international film festivals, and in exhibitions in the form of installations (e.g. Rotterdam Int. Film Festival, Thessaloniki Int. Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival NYC, ZKM Karlsruhe, Künstlerhaus Vienna, CCCB Barcelona, Australian Center of the Moving Image). His last project SHIRLEY – Visions of Reality has been shown at numerous international festivals, and has won several prizes. It has as well been shown in the form of interactive multi media installations in exhibitions at Kunsthalle Vienna 2008/2009, at Pallazo Reale Milano 2009/2010, at Künstlerhaus Vienna 2013/2014, at Galeria Solar Vila do Conde 2013, and in the context of the exhibition WhatsAppropriation – The Art of Revisiting Art, at Fundicao Progresso, Rio de Janeiro, 2015. Retrospectives of his work have been organized by the Austrian Film Museum in 2009, and the Cineteca Nacional Mexico in 2010.