Caspar Stracke

Afterbirth (1995) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

Tracing, re-constructing and reviving a filmscript of a passed away film-maker friend, that developed itself into a diary of the last three years of his life. AFTERBIRTH is the "outcome" of AFTER VANYUSHA (1995 | 16mm | 40 min. ) a previously released longer essayistic verion of the same subject. "Stracke uses the given possibilities of the medium film to continue a dialogue with a friend that passed away. The result is an impressing film that underlines Mr. Stracke's position as one of the most interesting experimental film makers in Germany." Johanes Tritschler, journal film # 28 with Gershom v. Schalfenberg, Markus M. Schilling

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Caspar Stracke

Read Me (2004) Betacam or DV, color, 7:02 min

Genre: Experimental

A short interview fragment of George and Mike Kuchar, including excerpts of reading passages from their book, "Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool" and a conversation between them and their friends Karen Redgreen, Rebecca Barton and Panos Panagos, recorded in San Francisco 1997. The project was originally conceived as an episode for Circle's Short Circuit (1999), but ultimately left out, destined to become an odd "orphan" video fragment on its own. It has mostly been shown it in context of other Kuchar-related work.

Featuring the music "Inelegant Implementations" by Terre Thaemlitz

Rental: $30

Caspar Stracke

Locked Groove (1997) Betacam or DV, color and b&w, 7:47 min

Genre: Experimental

Locked Groove is based on daily life choreography, an investigation of movements in public space - life rhythms within the context of urbanity. It features close-up shots of the most often executed movements of people with the most common jobs in the city of Hull, UK, where the video was produced. The result if a dense collage of these different motions fragments (sometimes less than a second long). Extracted as mere gestures, they reveal messages on its own and allow possible links to other movement fragments. After those were put in sequence, they seem to amplify themselves - a trajectory resembling the theory of the butterfly effect. "Locked Groove" was "Cycling through images of repetitive manual labor, the artist digitally compresses each shot temporally and accelerates the sequence, until all the workers' hands morph into one grotesque movement. Stracke creates a parallel between the fragmentation of labor and the fragmentation of the image, suggesting that labor has been "digital" since the invention of the assembly line." Laura U. Marks, Ottawa, Canada (OUT OF TIME program notes Oberhausem '01)

Produced by EMARE and Hull Time Based Arts, UK 1997.

Rental: $30

Caspar Stracke

Threads of Chomont (2002) Betacam or DV, color and b&w, 15.25 min

Genre: Experimental

The work is made in collaboration with Canadian filmmaker Mike Hoolboom which started as an experimental portrait of NY-based Avant-Garde filmmaker Tom Chomont and his battle with Parkinson disease for the last 10+ years of his life. (Tom died in 2010) The started concept was to tell the life and work of a filmmaker and cineast entirely through found footage. One sequence finalized in August 2001 depicted a b&w sequence of collapsing NY landmark building (culled from Hollywood action films) mixed with footage of 1940's tickertape parades. After 9/11, the project ("Threads", 2001) was abandoned but both filmmakers continued to work with the material separately. As a result they finalized two different films with partially identical footage ("No Damage" 2002 and "Tom" 2003) "Threads of Chomont" survived as a third version, capturing an earlier stage of the project.

Rental: $130

Caspar Stracke

Circle's Short Circuit (1999) 35mm 1:1.85, color & b&w, 1.16.00 min

Genre: Experimental

Circle's Short Circuit is an experimental feature-length work with neither a beginning nor an end - the film can be viewed from any random point. It moves through a circle of five interlocking episodes that describe the phenomenon of interruption in contemporary communication through various forms and modes, investigating causes, consequences, and side-effects. Genres shift along the episodic path of this circle, moving from documentary to essay, though collage, simulated love-coverage, and silent film. As the phenomenon of interruption is seen to be a pervasive part of these genres, the film attends to the act of watching moving images. At the center of the film is a documentary segment on the origin of the biggest upheaval in communication history: the invention of the telephone, initiated by the "man who contracted space," Alexander Graham Bell.

The episode feature an interview with Avital Ronell, a theorist and philosopher, who thematically ties up the wires of telephonic circuits and their transcendental counterparts. The film includes homages to the deconstructive tool-maker Jacques Derrida, the French writer Boris Vian, and the ghost of Japanese experimental theater and cinema, Shuji Terayama.

Rental: $300

Caspar Stracke

Hobart (1999) 35mm, b&w, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: found footage

"Based on a surrealist novel by Boris Vian, a woman suffers from the ailment of a lotus flower growing in her lung. This near silent, near narrative section from Stracke's feature 'Circle's Short Circuit' appears shredded, offering suggestions of gesture, intimations of emotions, and lost articulations. Fragments of a story dispersed in a timeless ether. Shot in Willamsburg, Brooklyn, even in the Mayonnaise tanks of the old Galapagos Art Space." -CS

Shortly after completing Circle's Short Circuit (1999), Stracke disassembled the footage from a section originally shot on 35mm, then re-edited it into this experimental short. As a nod to Joseph Cornell's celebrated found footage film, Rose Hobart (1936), Stracke approached the material 'with forced objectivity, as if the film maker would not have shredded his own work, but rather an old exotic adventure flick from the 30's'(Bangkok Experimental Film Festival).

Rental: $130
35mm Rental: $35mm

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