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Isabell Spengler
Germany 2007 / 4’

Translating a musical stage performance by the group Larry Peacock into the language of film, SYNCPOINT combines film images created directly on film leader with those created through normal exposure of 24 frames per second with a 16mm film camera. Larry Peacock is a feminist project with (and about) the performativity of electronic/pop music, reflecting gender politics and the role of the audience. The project not only destabilizes the normativity of binary gender categories, but also art categories such as ‘high’ and ‘low’, ‘dance’, ‘concert-performance’, and ‘choreographic work’.

Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

Jack Smith

the father of the Cinema of Transgression and the initiator of camp and thrash trends, has, since the 1950s, been creating anarchist films and performances inspired by Hollywood B movies. In his productions, transvestites and drag-queens radically manifested their sexuality. Smith made his movies purposefully violate all the principles of zero-style cinema. They inspired later generations of cinematic outcasts and experimenters. Smith was born in Ohio in 1932 and moved to New York in the 1950s. He began using film no longer independently but as a component of performances. His Midnight Performances often started as late as 2 a.m. and lasted several hours. In many of his LIVE FILM performances, Smith completely reedited the film material, integrating excerpts, slides, text, and music. After Smith's death as a result of AIDS in 1989, Jim Hoberman and Penny Arcade founded the "Plaster Foundation", which commissioned Jerry Tartaglia to restore his films.


1950–1966 Porządne istoty / Respectable Creatues (short)

1960 Przestymulowany / Overstimulated (short)

1962 Taśma klejąca / Scotch Tape (short)

1963 Płonące istoty / Flaming Creatures

1963 Normalna miłość / Normal Love

1963 Żółta sekwencja / The Yellow Sequence (short)

1967 Ziele z wyspy Technikolor / Reefers of the Technicolor Island / Jungle Island (short)

1967–1970 (1998) Byłam panem Yvonne De Carlo / I Was a Male Yvonne De Carlo (short)

1968 Bez prezydenta / No President

1969 Piosenka do wynajęcia / Song for Rent (short)

1970 Ujęcia bez tytułu / Untitled Film Rushes

1971 Północ w Plaster Foundation / Midnight at the Plaster Foundation (short)

1978 Sinbad z Bagdadu / Sinbad of Baghdad (short)

1979 Oszołomy / Hot Air Specialists (short)

Isabell Spengler

She was born in 1972 in Berlin. She graduated from the Academy of the Arts (UDK), Berlin, where she is currently working as a lecturer. Her films, video installations and photographic works can be seen at international art exhibitions and film festivals. She lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin.

Selected filmography

1998 Psychic Tequila Tarot (short)

2003 Permanent Residents (short)

2007 SYNCPOINT (short)

Cast & Crew

director Isabell Spengler
screenplay Isabell Spengler, Larry Peacock
cinematography Isabell Spengler
editing Isabell Spengler
music Larry Peacock
sales Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst
language no dialogues
colouration colour & b&w