DAS WACHTELKÖNIG-PARADOX – THE CORNCRAKE PARADOX
Georg Oberlechner | Austria 2020 | 52 Min. | OmeU
Every year on the 26th of October, Austria celebrates its national holiday with a military exhibition on Vienna’s Heldenplatz. As a mass event, this large-scale presentation of war equipment significantly contributes to a hegemonic understanding of state sovereignty, power, and masculinity. Thousands of images of this exhibition are produced and distributed annually by state and private media outlets, spectators, and the military itself.
THE CORNCRAKE PARADOX refuses this authoritarian interpretational sovereignty. It seeks an approach that deconstructs the normative framework of esprit de corps, nationality, and soldierly masculinity through camera, sound, and montage.
Writer, Director, Camera: Georg Oberlechner
Editor: Piotr Reising
Sound: Vinzenz Schwab
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GEORG OBERLECHNER (aka JURI SCHADEN) born 1984 in Vienna. 2015 Diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Marina Grzinic, Harun Farocki). 2014 Studies at Universidad Nacional de las Artes Buenos Aires. Lives and workes in Vienna.