WIEN 17, SCHUMANNGASSE

by Hans SCHEUGL
1967 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 1S / 2' 45

A car drives through Schumann street from its beginning to its end. The beginning of the film is exposed exactly at the moment the car starts at the beginning of the street;at its farthest end the camera is just able to catch the street sign. The drive was filmed in one take, end and beginning of the film being identical with the end and the beginning of the street. A regular roll of 16mm film has a length of only 30 m, so if Scheugl wants to film the street in one take he may use only 2 and 3/4 of a minute, because they are the equivalent of the 30 m of the film roll. Scheugl is thus forced to consider the time of the film take and to regulate the speed of the car.
The length of the street and the length of the film strip become identical: space becomes time, space distance becomes time distance/duration. The film demonstrates the relativity of the reality of experience. Our sensual organs provide a daily film, the rules of which may be made conscious by this film. We will never know, how long this street "really" is, since rules and structures of reality are only gaugable by the rules and structures of our image-forming calculations - and therefor never examinable.
Peter Weibel

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sound silent
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