Angewandte Fotografie und zeitbasierte Medien x Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Vienna Queerstories

Inspired by the examination of ephemeral audiovisual traces of the LGBTQI+ community in Austria, students of the University of Applied Arts Vienna worked on cinematic realizations of "queerness." Queer history, as the history of a subculture, has gaps. In accordance with state prohibition laws, portrayals of queer life forms were mostly ignored in film and TV until the 1990s. In 1971, Austria abolished the total ban on homosexuality, but replaced it with four new penal paragraphs, including the paragraph banning advertising and associations until 1996. Therefore, historical films made for the purpose of self-documentation and in a non-commercial setting are of particular importance. These moving films, campaign videos, coming-out films, club films, and many more, are being collected by Katharina Müller at the Austrian Film Museum, under the working title "Collection of Rainbow Films." These delicate films and videos can be understood as a resource for emancipatory utopias of subjectivity, sociality, and collectivity, and form the inspiration for the cooperation between the Department of Applied Photography and Time-Based Media and the Austrian Film Museum under the title "Vienna Queerstories."

Despite still noticeable homophobic tendencies, queer life forms currently seem to be increasingly perceived positively by a broader public, not least through representations in film and TV. For applied photographers, as image producers of publicly accessible images, the question of how physicality, sexual identity, etc. can be portrayed beyond clichés therefore also arises in their everyday work. They explore possibilities in free cinematic miniatures.

Participants: Muhassad Al-Ani, Magdalena Chan, Aaron Gaab, Roozbeh Gholami, Benjamin Laabmayr, Olesya Parfenuk, Jessica Roes Meilland, Lukas Thüringer, Moritz Franz Zangl

The Vienna Queerstories are published in the series “Artistic Research as a program" of the Austrian Film Museum.

Screening: 08.10.2022, 14h, Austrian Film Museum

 

A cooperation of the Department of Applied Photography and Time-Based Media, University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Austrian Film Museum.

Responsible for the project: Caroline Heider, Applied Photography and Time-Based Media, and Katharina Müller with the collaboration of Anna Högner, both Austrian Film Museum.

 

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