Previously at the ICA - Films
17 Nov 2010
In his series Film ist, Gustav Deutsch, the maestro of found footage filmmaking, investigates the endless wealth of the medium. Cinema’s two 'birthplaces', the scientific laboratory and the fairground, are of special interest to him. Deutsch travels to film archives worldwide where he researches and excavates clips from obscure films then reassembles them into montage sequences that create compelling visual narratives.
Whereas the first part, Film ist. 1-6 consists almost exclusively of sequences from existing scientific films, part two Film ist. 7-12, addresses questions of magic, the circus, and the fantasy aspect of cinema traced back to Georges Méliès.