Paul Horn & Harald Hund have been working together for a number of years on several film and video projects and exhibitions, complementing each other in their respective areas of work and interests as far as new approaches to filmmaking are concerned.
Hund & Horn began working together in the mid-1990s and intensified their co- operation when they shot their film Tomatoheads in 2001.
On show in SMOKE ON THE WATER are their videos Dropping Furniture and Tomatoheads which both belong to Hund & Horn’s Gravity Trilogy.
Tomatoheads is based on a trick which H&H want the audience to discover for themselves. Dropping Furniture stands as a metaphor for the loss of a human existence. The film passes before the viewer’s eyes as a (bad) dream in slow motion, depicting the destruction of an apartment. Viewers have compared it to the anarchic humour of Laurel and Hardy, or to the kind of vandalism sometimes perpetrated by rock stars in hotel rooms.
The third part of the trilogy will be Apnea (planned shooting January 2011) which so far exists as a preliminary shooting. The film shows the ‘normal’ everyday existence of a family, only that they live under water. Similarly to Tomatoheads, the idea behind the film is to reduce the notion of ‘normality’ to absurdity.
H & H have shown their works in a wide variety of exhibitions and film festivals.
2011 SMOKE ON THE WATER Aubin Gallery London (GB)
2010 TRIENNALE LINZ OK Linz (A) MOUSE PALACE Videospace Budapest (HU) PETTY BOURGEOIS Exchange Gallery Dublin (GB) KLEINBÜRGER Pingyao International Photography Festival (CN) FOR REAL – Utopian Projections in Public Space Maastricht (NL) FLUXUS RETROSPECTIVE Museum of Image and Sound São Paulo (BRA) THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL HOME Dienstgebäude Zürich (CH) B-SIDES AND RARITIES Kunsthal Antwerp (BE) PARTITION_2.0 Modem Museum Debrecen (HU) MONITORING Kulturbahnhof Kassel (D) HOME STORIES Landesmuseum NÖ (A) WELCOME HOME Apartment Draschan Wien (A) DIE EDLEN FRÜCHTE UND DIE GOUVERNANTE Schloß Harmannsdorf (A)
2009 DARKNESS Knoll Galéria Budapest (HU) BLINKING LIGHTS Film Night Flushnik Brooklyn (USA) DAS BÖSE IST EIN EICHHÖRNCHEN Sächsisches Landesgericht Leipzig (D) UnORTnung V Ankerbrotfabrik Wien (A)
Recent Film Festivals:
2011 IFFR – INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM (NE)
2010 MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE D’ARTE CINEMATOGRAFICA Venedig (ITA) ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL (USA) DALLAS FILMFEST (USA) VICTORIA FILM FESTIVAL (CAN) HORS PISTES Festival au Centre Pompidou (F) GLASGOW SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (GB) OSLO SCREEN FESTIVAL (NOR) MAREMETTRAGIO Triest (ITA) INT. KURZFILMTAGE WINTERTHUR (CH) SOLOTHURNER FILMTAGE (CH) STUTTGARTER FILMWINTER (D) VIENNALE Wien (A)
2009 HONG KONG INT. FILM FESTIVAL (HK) MELBOURNE INT. FILM FESTIVAL (AUS) SHORT FILM FESTIVAL SAO PAULO (BRA) CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (USA) LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL (USA) DALLAS VIDEOFEST (USA) MESSAGE TO MAN St.Petersburg (RUS) SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL (BiH) INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL TINDIRINDIS Vilnius (LI) ART AND COMMUNICATION FESTIVAL RIGA (LV) WRO 09 Int. Media Art Biennale Wroclaw (PL) FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU COURT-MÉTRAGE LILLE (F) CURTAS METRAGENS Vila do Conde (P) L’ALTERNATIVA Barcelona (E) FIDMARSEILLE Marseille (F) INVIDEO Milan (I) IFFR - Int. Film Festival Rotterdam )(NL) EIFF - Edinburgh Int. Film Festival (GB) EMAF European Media Art Festival Osnabrück (D) EXGROUND FILMFESTIVAL Wiesebaden (D) IKFF Int. Kurzfilm-Festival Hamburg (D) dokumentART Neubrandenburg (D) & Szczecin (PL) INT. KURZFILMTAGE WINTERTHUR (CH) VIDEOEXperimental Zürich (CH) VIS - VIENNA INDEP. SHORTS Wien (A) FULL FRAME FESTIVAL Wien (A) CROSSING EUROPE Linz (A) DIAGONALE (A)