[2006 • 4 min. • b&w • Super 8 • Ireland/NY]
An Experimental Short film by Dónal Ó'Céilleachair
Selected as part of ‘Absences and (Im) Possibilities’ an IFI Internationally touring retrospective of Irish Experimental Film currently on tour internationally.
Oskar Fischinger’s 1927 film Walking from Munich to Berlin was one of the first single-frame films ever made. In the space of three minutes (one camera roll) Fischinger traversed the length of Germany visually articulating the accelerated mode of modern life and anticipating the break-neck speed of the moving image that would come much later with the advent of MTV and television commercials.
In 2003, I found myself in Istanbul for the premiere CUZCO 1999. Intent on traveling over land to Berlin I made my way on eastern European trains with a Super 8 camera and a copy of Film Art: An Introduction. I pointed the camera out the window and 14 days, and 3,240 single frame images later (230 per day) this film was complete.
WW&WC is a contemporary homage to Fischinger’s inspired journey; traveling from the eastern tip of Europe and Istanbul’s Bosphorous shores through Eastern Europe to the heart of Alexanderplatz in Berlin.
WW&WC was originally conceived of as a dual projection film comprised of video with superimposed super 8 film projection. The video represents my own documentation of the ‘real’ while the film, like a dream, is closer to my memory of it. This copy displays the video only. Any dreams it may inspire are all yours.
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