schutzfilm - Thaumatrope

Daniel Kötter

2009, 07:49 minutes, colour, Silent

TAPECODE 1018.07

Location: a shelter in an underground car park in the outskirts of Istanbul. White walls, bright light, neither doors nor windows. A thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in Victorian times. A disk or card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image due to persistence of vision.

schutzfilm – Thaumatrope is a radical approach to the principle of shot-countershot. The reason for the blurring of subjective and objective lies in our limited perception. schutzfilm – Thaumatrope is the single-channel-version of the third part of Daniel Kötter’s Super8 - Trilogy Camera movement and location.

In the trilogy "Camera movement and location" (2006-2009) Daniel Kötter explores the fundamental basics of image-making and simultaneity: a research on the movement of time in the film image. The protagonists of the three two-channel films
checkpoint, Ein Kinderspiel and schutzfilm, are the camera eyes of two Super-8 cameras, the first democratic medium of moving images from a time when Europe was not yet digitally united. A pas de deux of digital techniques in nostalgic design, filmed in locations that are facing the bustle seemingly indifferent.

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