Frank Geßner’s polystylistic “Expanded Animation Cinema“ ALIAS YEDERBECK intertwines elements of fine arts with media art as well as film, video, animation, and sound into an extraordinary cinematographic installation. ALIAS YEDERBECK is a hybrid metafictional performance with the goal of making conceptual and processual structures of the genesis of an artistic work sensually experienceable. Geßner staged this project in the framework of “Potsdam 2011 – City of the film” under the fictional pseudonym or heteronym “Paul Yederbeck”. The “auto-(author-)constructs” of the painting cycle TESTS SANS FIN and the associated multimedia archive material form the basis of twelve nonlinear panoramatic film sequences: Entertainer, Flaneur, Spectator, Actor, Dissolution, Projection, Anima Techne, Transcendental Animation, Happy End, Doppelganger, Reminder, The End (12-channel video, 63:00 min) and the artist video QU'EST-CE QUE MONSIEUR TESTE? (1-channel video, 26:00 min). Geßner was supported in this experiment by friends as well as alumni and colleagues at the Film University Babelsberg (HFF Konrad Wolf). This artistic research project was released as a virtual/interactive panorama installation on DVD by RE:VOIR Paris. The DVD edition is not a replica of the original Potsdam panorama but rather an interface for a planned “ALIAS YEDERBECK_2.0“ crossmedia project in the Internet. More information: http://www.testefoundation.org/en.html
Frank Geßner is an artist and Professor for Theory and Practice of Visual Arts at the Film University Babelsberg (HFF Konrad Wolf). Studied Art and Art History in Stuttgart and Berlin. Academy Prize of the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. Recipient of a state graduate scholarship from the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Master student of the Berlin University of the Arts. Guest Professor at the HFF Konrad Wolf, the Berlin University of the Arts, and the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. In 2002 and 2003, he won the prize for “Good Teaching” at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2004, appointed Professor of Visual Arts for Animation at the HFF Konrad Wolf; from 2006 to 2009, also Vice President for Teaching, Research, and Development. Since 2009, Professor for Theory and Practice of Visual Arts at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. In 2011, Guest Professor at the Jilin Animation Institute Changchun, China. Artistic research and teaching interests: drawing, sculpture, and painting; theory and practice of visual arts; pre- and future cinema, hybrid auteur film, expanded animation.
ALIAS YEDERBECK Producer: Atelier Berlin Production
To realize the ALIAS YEDERBECK artistic research prototype, Frank Geßner founded in 2005 Atelier Berlin Production and himself took on diverse functions (artist, director, author, producer, actor, motion capture dancer, cameraman, animator, production designer, musician, etc). As with an elaborate auteur film/full-length production, a competent team was also necessary. See credits: http://www.testefoundation.org/en/credits.html
ALIAS YEDERBECK Co-Producer: Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf follows an interdisciplinary approach to the artistic, technological, and academic teaching and research on the universal subject of film and ranks among the country's largest and most modern film schools. The fertile combination of artistic experiments, technological developments, and academic reflection gives rise to ambitious and innovative projects that promote creative thinking and provide new insights and approaches to film and other moving image media.