experimental film | 01:49 min., HD, stereo

The experimental film ’Des Films Ende (engl. End of Film’) was realized without a camera. Transparent 16mm film was painted with acrylic paint, manipulated with chlorine and acid as well as scratched. The sound of the film is a cacophony of the sound of ‘real’ advertising clips in as many languages as there are continents. The sound ends in a melody of artifacts, emanating from amplifiers and loudspeakers.

With this project ’End of Film’ I wanted to address ‘moving image advertising’ on two levels: first of all, I wanted to investigate the language and formalism of ‘moving image advertising’. Of particular interest to me was the observation that commercials always sound the same – it does not matter which language you speak, you will most likely be able to identify the main message of the ad. I think the power of the image is the key in advertisement, thus with this project I wanted to focus on the sound element. I collected about 80 commercials from all over the world and in various languages. I arranged them into a cacophony until the composition is an artifact.

In addition, I wanted to question society’s visual consumption of ‘moving image advertising’. The stream of images in ’End of Film’ can be interpreted in two ways: on the one hand, it can be read as the flood of advertising to which we are exposed to. We are so overstimulated with it that we cannot really consciously consume it anymore. On the other hand, ’End of Film’ also plays with the visual mechanisms of ’moving image advertising’. The film shows fast moving forms and imagery that does not define anything in particular, it’s merely abstract. This stands in great contrast to the advertisement industry which works with explicit imagery, but at the same time ads do not directly address what their underlying aim is: to manipulate the viewer. ’End of Film’ confronts the viewer with this aspect: no film, just color. It’s only acrylic paint on transparent film, it has no obvious narrative. In this sense the film is a commercial you don’t see the underlying meaning at first glance.
— Sybille Bauer



An installation by Sybille Bauer & Olga Flaum

The project ‘Öffentlich Privat’ (engl. ‘Publicly Private) deals with the questions of how urban public spaces and private spaces can be defined. How does the (female) body change and adapt during the transition from its private-self to a public-self? ‘Publicly Private’ explores the emerging dialog and boundaries between public and private spaces as soon as the artist, Sybille Bauer, performs private actions in the public space, exploring the interaction between the chosen medium photography, the camera, the two spaces and her Body.

With this work I questioned my personal high amount of artificiality, which I create for myself when I am leaving my personal space and step outside. I want to show the tension and the thin line between private and public space. I also aimed at exploring the relationship between the body as an object and the space where it performs. But when speaking about space, public or private, it is also important to address the ‘enacted space’. We are all actors within the world around us; we stage our appearance, our movements, our behavior and our language to some extent, all of the time. So the medium of photography for the project ‘Publicly Private’ seemed right to me; it frames and thereby enacts me into an already enacted space.
— Sybille Bauer

Olga Flaum documented her playful investigation of her public / private body with the camera. They then transferred the photographs into the exhibition space, where the visitor cannot only see the photos but can also listen to a collection of sounds of public and private actions. As the sound collage is presented as a loop, the images take on a different meaning when seen at different moments. The viewer becomes the narrator of its own story and interpretation.

My biggest theoretical influences have been Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno and Hannah Arendt who all tried to find definitions for the public and the private. Still, it is not the aim of the project to find a definition and give answers but just to explore and to pose questions.
— Sybille Bauer


‘Die Auflösung‘ (engl. ‘Dissolution on Canvas’), an installation that deals with the boundary between visual and media arts
The starting point of ‘Dissolution on Canvas’ was the audio-visual performance ‘Dissolution’ by Christoph Frey and Sybille Bauer. One 16mm film loop was running simultaneously through two projectors. The projectors were located on opposite ends, in-between a lighted 16mm film editing table. The 16mm film, looped between the projectors, was edited live by Sybille Bauer with watercolor, pencil, food coloring, ink, hydrogen peroxide and a dentist burr. Ultimately, the film loop got destroyed. The sounds of the projectors and of two microphones, – attached to Sybille Bauer and to the editing table – were recorded and digitally mixed on the spot.
During the rehearsals and the live performance of ‘Dissolution’ the artist collected hundreds of meters of ‘16 mm film waste’. They then were separated by color, sewed together and glued to canvas, thus becoming the art work ‘Dissolution on Canvas’.

Although the film strips became a pictorial arrangement, a still object, it still holds a filmic dynamic: the film strips are the result of a complex, cinematic transformation process of performing ‘Dissolution’ by Christoph Frey and Sybille Bauer.

By rehearsing and performing ‘Dissolution’, we collected a few hundred of meters of 16mm film which holds a special visual quality. Its material changed significantly: the filmic image is no longer in its original state, it’s highly manipulated through a filmic process and now, as on object, it ends up as a still, not moving image. However, the still object has cinematic features as the colors are surprisingly dynamic. On the filmstrips one can see that they were edited through a filmic, moving process. The resulting color and patterns are completely unique and not easy to recreate.
— Sybille Bauer

Hello I am ... Sybille Bauer


Sybille Bauer was born in Linz, Austria in 1989; she lives and works in Vienna and Linz. She studies the MA program “Timebased Media” at the University of Art and Design Linz. With her experimental and media art works Sybille Bauer explores and questions the boundaries and possibilities of the cinematic space and the definition of separate art genres themselves. As a result, she enjoys mixing different mediums and art genres such as 16mm film and digital film, performance and film projection but is also interested in exploring art from a theoretical point of view.




Des Films Ende


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Öffentlich Privat

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Die Auflösung

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About Sybille Bauer


About Sybille Bauer


*1989, Linz, Austria




lives and works in Vienna and Linz, Austria


choreographer and dance trainer

English and American Studies &
Theatre-, Film and Media Studies, University of Vienna

Assistant of theatre directors Babett Arens, Andy Hallwayy and Doris Weiner at Volkstheater Vienna

Residence in London
Summer Course Program, UAL

Since 2014
MA “Timebased Media”
University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz


2017     Nominee for the Ö1 Talentstipendium, Vienna

2016     Award "Innovative Cinema", YOUKI, Wels

2015     Award "Best Film", YOUKI, Wels


2018      Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film, Graz AT
2017      YOUKI – International Youth Media Festival, Wels AT
2017      Der Neue Heimatfilm Festival, Freistadt AT
2017      Back Up International Short Film Festival Weimar, Weimar AT
2017      Oktoskop, OKTO TV, AT
2017      Frauenfilmtage, Wels AT
2016      This Human World Filmfestival, Vienna AT
2016      Rundgang, University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz AT
2016      Der Neue Heimatfilm Festival, Freistadt AT
2016      Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market, Clermont-Ferrand FRA
2016      Lisbon International Film Festival, Lisbon PRT
2016      East Silver Film Market/International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava CZE
2016      Crossing Europe Filmfestival, Linz AT
2016      Edu.Group, AT
2016      YOUKI – International Youth Media Festival, Wels AT
2016      International Filmfestival Signes de Nuit, Paris, FRA
2016      International Filmfestival Signes de Nuit, Lisbon PRT
2016      Der Neue Heimatfilm Festival, Freistadt AT
2016      IKFF Hamburg, Hamburg DE
2016      La Rioja Es De Cine Festival, Logroño & Haro ESP
2016      Ibrida Pluri Festival, Montreal CAN
2015      LA CineFest, Los Angeles USA
2015      YOUKI – International Youth Media Festival, Wels AT
2015      Frontale Filmfestival, Wiener Neustadt AT
2015      Cork Film Festival, Cork IRL
2015      CINEMA NEXT Filmnacht, Graz AT
2015      CINEMA NEXT Filmnacht, Salzburg AT
2015      CINEMA NEXT Filmnacht, Innsbruck AT
2015      CINEMA NEXT Filmnacht, Linz AT
2015      CINEMA NEXT Filmnacht, Vienna AT
2015      KURZfilmBAR – CrossingEurope Cooperation, Munich AT
2015      Crossing Europe Filmfestival, Linz AT
2014      Crossing Europe Filmfestival, Linz AT
2014      Leinwandprobe, Moviemento, Linz AT
2014      Solo Screening at Topkino, Vienna AT


2017      BestOff, University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz AT
2015      The Missing Link, Gallery Sigmund, Vienna AT
2015      Rundgang, University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz AT
2015      ExtraUni, OK-Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz AT
2014      Art Meets Radical Openness Festival, Architekturforum, Linz AT
2014      Homestories, Kapu, Linz AT
2014      Junge Kunst Parcour Festival, Brotfabrik, Vienna AT