legal errorist (film)

The film Legal Errorist is part of the collection at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

A performance of transformation, a transformance, changes its medium and encounters a camera, which plays dance music – under the secret eye of a room that bends and twists along with it. The Legal Errorist – personified by dancer Stephanie Cumming – is a creature that cannot stop crashing. The sudden over-powering by the “error”, the system error, engenders the creature’s obsession. She commences with great relish through a series of transformations; that which hits upon the limits of a simple machine serves as a learning program for the Legal Errorist. Film and performance-parallel projection or articulated interference? Massively, like a mountain, the body of the “Errorist” falls to the floor and lands with an obstinate sound whose source seems remote from anything human.

photos: m. mattuschka/c. haring

As though she were her own director, she speaks animatedly with numerous invisible colleagues. She speaks to the microphone, not through it: an eerie animated world of objects, which become fellow creatures when one creature cannot categorize herself precisely. “What?!?” roars the Legal Errorist defiantly – as though to a higher being in the dark, and not the diffuse collective of the audience. And she begins to lure the gaze through the catalogue of her body parts. The voyeur’s fatally bundled attention seems inverse to the body set against it, anamorphically distorted by the extremely wide-angled lens. Does this gaze document a foul subjectivity or does this closed world look back as its own lens? The camera is a shrewd ally in the counterattack launched by the body on display.

text: k. zakravsky, translation: l. rosenblatt

Film by: Mara Mattuschka, Chris Haring
Based on the stage performance Legal Errorist by Liquid Loft
Starring: Stephanie Cumming
Camera: Sepp Nermuth
Light: Werner Stibitz
Choreography, Idea: Chris Haring
Sound: Glim
Editing: Mara Mattuschka
Distribution: sixpack film

Chris Haring and Mara Mattuschka
(c) 2005
15 min / BETA SP or DVD black / white

 

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Screenings

 

29.04.14
Breaking Ground: Here’s Looking at You / Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow, RU

16. 08.14
Dokufest Int. Doc Film Prizren, Kosovo

01.05.14
Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

25. 04.14
Breaking Ground. Moscow Museum of Modern Art

04.04.14
Int. Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund, Köln, Germany

05.12.13
Korea University KU Cinemateque, Seoul, Korea

13.11.13
City 46, Bremen, Germany

18.05.13
EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

01.05.13
IVAC La Filmoteca, València, Spain

01.05.13
Filmoteca de Zaragoza, Spain

10.04.13
BAFICI International Independent Film, Buenos Aires, Argentina

14.02.13
Cinema Lux, Caen, France

08.02.13
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

28.02.12
Wien – Filmhaus Kino

26.05.11
Barcelona – Centre de Cultura Contemporània

27.01.11
Mal Seh’n Kino Frankfurt

22.07.10
Wroclaw New Horizons

25.06.10
New York Anthology Film Archives, Mara Mattuschka Special

03.06.10
Movimiento Linz, Mattuschka Abend

21.04.10
Galerie Maerz, Linz

06.11.09
Sczecin Kana Theatre Center

18.09.09
Ruhetobel IBK Künstlerbegegnung

26.06.09
Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, Purchase for Collection

17.03.09
Diagonale Festival des österr. Films – Personale Mara Mattuschka

26.02.08
Rencontres Audiovisuelles Lille

15.11.07
The Brighton CINECITY

18.05.06
Int. Videofestival Bochum

02.02.06
Minneapolis Women with Vision

23.01.06
Filmfestival Max Saarbrücken

19. 01.06
Wand 5 Stuttgart

21.11.05
Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche

20.10.05
Viennale Filmfestival/ Urania

19.10.05
49. Film Festival London

14.10.05
Viennale Int. Filmfestwochen

09.09.05
50. Int. Film Festival Cork

22.09.05
Cinematexas Int. Short Film Austin

07.09.05
Seoul 05 – EXis

27.07.05
Brisbane Int. Film Festival

01.07.05
Int. Film Festival La Rochelle

08.06.05
Int. Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg

20.05.05
VIDEOEXperimental Zürich

21. 04.05
51. Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

20.04.05
European Media Art Osnabrück

14. 03.05
Diagonale Festival des österreichischen Films

26.01.05
34. Int. Filmfestival Rotterdam

 

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