1986 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 5' 00

"In a Spanish magazine, I found a list of characteristics considered by the Catholic church to be positive and negative. With two exceptions, the positive characteristics represented passive attitudes. In the film, I represent them mimically. Using animated imagery, I let the juices which are stimulated by the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, flow over the body: tears, sweat, sperm, vaginal secretions." - Mara Mattuschka

"In PARASYMPATHICA the artist divides her body into two halves, one black and the other white, with everything held together by a crown she wears. This "split" figure rotates jerkily by means of single frame animation. As Mattuschka spins on her own axis in a movement resembling a butterfly, the contrasts between the two divisions of the autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic, are blurred." - Christa Blümlinger


distribution format Digital file on server (FHD)
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language German & Spanish
translation French (Separate subtitles file)
rental fee 37,00 €

distribution format DCP on server (INTEROP 2K)
screen 1,85 - Panoramic (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
original language German & Spanish
translation French (Embedded subtitles)
rental fee 37,00 €