Hommage à la Sarraz Trailer (1981)
01 January 1981 12 mins
Dammbeck relocates the Leipzig-based artists' circle known as Herbstsalon to La Sarraz Palace in Switzerland, which in 1929 was the venue of the legendary congress held by important protagonists of new, independent cinema as a forum to discuss issues such as elitist thinking, the taste of the masses, and the difference between art and life. One participant was the avant-garde filmmaker Walter Ruttman, who had already begun to produce abstract films for advertising purposes at a time when his co-pioneers Viking Eggeling and Hans Richter were still preoccupied with painting. All the same, Ruttman placed his talent at the disposal of Nazi propagandists during the Third Reich. Dammbeck reflects upon the durability of the notion we term avant garde by vacillating it between the extremes of Modernism and anti-modernism. Hommage à La Sarraz was at the core of the film footage deployed in Dammbeck's 'Hercules Media Collage' of 1984/85.
Watch the official Hommage à la Sarraz 1981 trailer in HD below or find more Hommage à la Sarraz videos on Vidimovie.com.