Corona documentary from cell phone videos: At some point, people paint themselves

Empty streets and parks, queues in front of supermarkets, lonely days, underutilized children: the Corona lockdown in spring put many people in a state of emergency. The Austrian art project has an unusual film about the equally unusual time and its excesses #Real-time experiment compiled.

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The artists cut the “Corona_Rolle” from more than 1500 mobile phone videos submitted. Around 500 people made private recordings available from March to June – from bizarre to banal and a historical document, as the director and artistic director Elisabeth Scharang called it.

“Somehow you notice the comic and the tragic, they are so close together,” said Scharang of the German Press Agency in Vienna. “I’m assuming that in those lockdown weeks, people were doing things that they absolutely, absolutely had never done before, and the interesting thing is that they videotaped them for whatever reason.”

The film, in strict chronological order according to the date of the recording, shows the lockdown in phases of absurdity. At first, the observations of the Strange New Era, the supermarkets, the streets predominate. After a few weeks, as Scharang describes, the mood then escalates: “It gets more and more crazy, people paint themselves, and then you notice the phase when life and everyday life become tough, the children become louder, everyday life becomes more disorganized . “

The creation of the project #Echtzeitexperiment – two other films are included – is also typical of the period itself: the eight artists found each other during the lockdown via a Facebook group, according to Scharang. After the premiere on Saturday evening, the “Corona_Rolle” is to be blasted on house walls in Vienna for a week. A one and a half hour version is shown in the cinema.

Real-time experiment film excerpt

“We believe that it is necessary to create a public space in which people have the opportunity to reflect on this first time of the pandemic and see what has happened,” said Scharang. “There should actually be a Corona role from every country. The German would certainly look very different, the Italian anyway, and that is a reflection of how people deal with crisis situations.”

The opening of the #realtime experiment will take place on August 22nd from 8 p.m. in the Vienna Museumsquartier as part of the Frameout Open Air Cinema. The “Corona role” is to open the season in the Gartenbaukino as a 90-minute film on August 25 (7:00 pm and 10:30 pm).


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