The artist designed and constructed a 150cm-diametre water wheel, with one face divided into various patterned circles of varying shapes and colours. It was then fixed in place in a stream; we observe the wheel in rest, motion and rest again from a single vantage point, as it is illuminated by strobe lights synchronised with 35mm cameras. Clockwise and anti-clockwise movements disorientingly, magically interweave.
experiments are always accompanied by strong narratives that, however subtly, examine society, codes, norms, perception, and the history and development of cinema itself.
Dabbling in short and feature-length films, analog and digital film, found-footage and his own shots, Johann has made a wide variety of cinematic works, many of which have been featured in international film festivals and cultural institutions, notably the Sundance Film Festival and the Austrian Film Museum.
2019 - CAVALCADE, short
2017 - *
2015 - CAPITAL CUBA, short
2014 - EMBARGO, short
2014 - TWELVE TALES TOLD, short
2013 - PYRAMID FLARE, short
2013 - PERFECT PICTURE PYRAMID, short
2012 - RECONNAISSANCE, short
2011 - A TO A, short
2010 - ENDEAVOUR, short
2009 - THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG, short
2008 - 12 EXPLOSIONS, short
2007 - VERTIGO RUSH, short
2005 - PAN, short
2003 - (UNTITLED), short
Was it difficult to get financing?
It was a bureaucratic process, but doable.
Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?
Variety, curiosity and enthusiasm come together and meet society.
If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?
Short, experimental works on 16, 35 and 70mm.
What is your next project?
A short film.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Johann Lurf
Produced by: Johann Lurf
Cinematography: Martin Putz
Editing: Johann Lurf
Production Design: Georg Hirzinger
Sound: Nora Czamler
Nominations and Awards
- Short Film Candidates 2019