Thorsten Fleisch Wound Footage
The source material is a found footage super 8 film. The visual carrier was attacked in a multitude of ways. It was scratched, cut open and violated.
I captured an attempt to screen it. There it burned and was destroyed by the projector. Sorry little film. With the video footage I provoked the encoding. As a result some pixels were dislocated. In the end I reshot the film from the monitor while I somehow angered the cables that connect the monitor with my computer.
That all may sound very negative to you but the goal was an almost humanist one: Unification of the digital with the analogue world. They seem so far apart and yet they aren’t. By exposing every material’s weaknesses and injuries it was made one. It’s all visual sensations in the end. Rita Hayworth grindedly sings along.
Thorsten Fleisch was born in Koblenz, Germany in 1972. He began experimenting with super 8 film while at high-school where he also exhibited his first film, a super 8 loop. After high-school and community service in an institution for the mentally ill he went to Marburg to study art, music and media at Phillips Universität. One year later he changed to the Städelschule in Frankfurt in order to study film with prof. Peter Kubelka. there he started working with 16mm film.
Since 2001 Thorsten Fleisch is a member of the board of artistic directors of the International Experimental Cinema Exposition. He received several grants, among them a grant from the Filmbüro NW and a grant from the Museum of Contemporary Cinema. For Gestalt he received an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica, the number one festival for computer related art. His films have been screened at film festivals worldwide including New York Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Int. Film Festival Rotterdam, European Media Art Festival, Melbourne Int. Film Festival and many more. He now lives and works in Berlin where he’s part of the Pro Artis team and was also involved in organizing legendary parties with the Kachelklub.