Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
March 21–26, 2023, Graz

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The Flicker
Innovative Cinema Short, US 1966, Schwarzweiß, 30 min., kein Dialog
Diagonale 2017

Director: Tony Conrad

 

“Taumel”, dizziness, occurs specific to a situation and location, in the form of vertigo, intoxication, disturbance, suctioning, shallowness, and rapids. It pulls the carpet out from under us. It carries us off, away, and along. According to Plato, dizziness is the source of all philosophizing because it destabilizes within us, what we consider unalterable. Dizziness clarifies the fragility of our visual experience of reality, which mediates the world to us subjectively, relationally, and from a specific perspective and situation.

Certainly for artists of all stripes the unknown, the idea or the form or the tale that has not yet arrived, is what must be found. It is the job of artists to open doors and invite into prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar.
(Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost)

When the word “hallucination” first came into use, in the early sixteenth century, it denoted only “a wandering mind”.
(Oliver Sacks, Hallucinations)