AV-Battle: The ultimative combat

Man­fred Engel­mayr (AUT) /// 
And­re Zogho­ly (AUT) /// 
Sil­via Fäss­ler (AUT) /// 
Reneé Stie­ger (AUT) /// 
It’s not fair (AUT) /// 
Fan­tas Schi­mun (AUT) /// 
Mar­kus Decker (AUT) ///

Thu, May 20 2004, 17:00 – 24:00 /// 
Movie­men­to Linz ///

The tide is high. Enough of this audio­vi­su­al love, of this addic­tion of har­mo­ny bet­ween film and music, of this “sound being in accord with images”.

The collec­ti­ve “qujOchÖ – expe­ri­men­tel­le Kunst- und Kul­tur­ar­beit” orga­ni­zed a uni­que duel on 20th of May 2004 in Movie­men­to Linz, a mer­ci­less com­bat bet­ween audio and video. qujOchÖ put a war of media on sta­ge: defi­ni­te­ly a real death match bet­ween fre­aky enthu­si­asts of music against shy cine­asts, even more: an ulti­ma­te A/V‑battle.

In seven rounds, each during 15 minu­tes, expe­ri­men­tal musi­ci­ans are figh­t­ing against bril­li­ant cult-movies: intro against trai­ler, deci­bel against lux, ears against eyes. The audi­ence deci­des who is the win­ner – like in Star­ma­nia, Deutsch­land sucht den Super­star or Ame­ri­can Idol. Is it pos­si­ble that the audio-figh­ters can use their advan­ta­ges of simp­le mate­ria­li­ty and mar­tia­li­ty? Or does the visu­al omni­po­tence and imma­te­ria­li­ty of the films influ­ence the audi­ence? What will be the decisi­on of the audi­ence? One thing for sure: only one wins! Who loses, gets chu­cked out.

Here the heroi­nes and heroes of this memo­r­able com­bat, who are going to ans­wer the ques­ti­on “film or music”? :

Man­fred Engel­mayr
Vien­na, *1972
Bands: Bul­bul, Fugu
The Ghost
Ger­ma­ny 1982
direc­ted by Her­bert Ach­tern­busch

And­re Zogho­ly
Linz, *1975
Bands: Ego­trip, wch band
Fear and Lot­hing in Las Vegas
USA 1998
direc­ted by Ter­ry Gil­liam

Sil­via Fäss­ler
Vien­na, *????
Bands: ako­as­ma, sil­ly
Tama­la 2010 – A Punk Cat in Space
Japan 2003
direc­ted by t.o.l. (Trees of Life)

Renee Stie­ger
Linz, *1969
Bands: SiRe­née, Das Fleisch
La Planè­te sau­va­ge
F/CSSR 1973
direc­ted by Rene Laloux

it’s not fair
Vien­na, *1972
Bands: Fuck­head, Hono­lu­lu
Alte­red Sta­tes
USA 1980
direc­ted by Ken Rus­sell

Fan­tas Schi­mun
Vien­na, *1973
Bands: Fan­tas Schi­mun
F 1973
direc­ted by Clau­de Faral­do

Mar­kus Decker
Linz, kon­str. 1965
Bands: m‑, decker+quotenregelung, wch band
For­bid­den Pla­net
USA 1965
direc­ted by Fred McLeod Wil­cox

Mode­ra­ti­on of that skir­mish bet­ween audio and visu­al art: the one and only Johan­nes Grenz­furth­ner, mas­ter­mind of mono­chrom / Vien­na.

(Pho­tos: qujOchÖ)

(Camera/Editing: qujOchÖ)

(Camera/Editing: Ingo Ran­dolf)