Shadow Cuts

Date: 24 October 2010 | Season: London Film Festival 2010 | Tags:

Sunday 24 October 2010, from 12-7pm
London BFI Southbank Studio

Alternately consumed by darkness and blinded by the light, Mickey and Pluto are caught in an eternal embrace by a film that refuses to end. In his films and digital works, Martin Arnold uses intense repetition or subtle substitution to reveal subliminal nuances beneath the surface of pre-existing footage.

Martin Arnold, Austria, 2010, video, colour, sound, 4 min (continuous loop)
Shadow Cuts observes the happy end of a cartoon film by rewinding it. Depicted by flickering images, the eyes of Mickey and his companion Pluto are gradually getting disentangled from the characters, sometimes the eyes – or the characters – even disappear completely. Temporary blind characters on the screen are faced by temporary blind viewers, whose perception fractures in the dark phases of the projection. (Martin Arnold)

Martin Arnold achieved international recognition with a trilogy of 16mm films including pièce touchée (1989), passage á l’acte (1993) and Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (1998). In recent years, he has produced and directed film installations in digital formats, such as Deanimated – The Invisible Ghost (2002), Silent Winds (2005) or Coverversion (2008). Martin Arnold is represented by Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, and his films are distributed by Sixpackfilm and Lightcone.