Manfred Neuwirth's filmic travel diary Tibetan Recollections is a particularly private variant of the way to document the distant in sound and pictures. From 1988 to 1995 Neuwirth made frequent, lengthy visits to Tibet where he shot, more by accident than design, a large amount of material. The material is distinctive in its avoidance of the spectacular and the obvious. Instead, the picture collection concentrates on the daily occurrence and the apparently unimportant - an advertisement hoarding, a kettle and a water pump, lucky charms and prayer hangings, and on voices, faces and glances.
Somo, sushi, surround sound, pictures and sounds seen and heard in Tokyo, Osaka, Hakodate and Kyoto, recorded in trains and gardens, on the street and in the rain. Everyday moments whose piercing beauty can only be discovered by someone (to use the words of Walter Benjamin) with the sharpened sensibilities of the flâneur who looks for pictures "wherever they are to be found".
"manga train" builds on the basis of a musical structure - announcements from loudspeakers, the clacking of pachinko balls, muted voices, music from transistor radios or the never-ending thunder of traffic on a major road. ...
Manfred Neuwirth, who works in the border region between New Media, documentary and avant-garde film, is searching for the first look. His main interest is directed at images and sounds from everyday life which have not been chosen intentionally, but those created en passant which are nevertheless dense and able to communicate a message.
magic hour is the conclusion of a trilogy which takes the viewer from Tibet to Japan and then Lower Austria. When Neuwirth "remembers" in a film, a rare balance is achieved between the archetypical and the unique, that which is wholey rooted in the present; a balance between dream and diary.
-Tibetische Erinnerungen 1988-95, 22:26 min,
-Manga Train 1998, 20:45 min,
-Magic Hour 1999, 44 min,
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