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Iris Blauensteiner

Iris Blauensteiner

Avant Garde / Experimental, Documentation Cinema, Shortfilm


Diploma in "art & digital" media of the Academy of fine Arts Vienna / Diploma in film- and theatre theory of the University of Vienna
Since 2004 she is making films, especially in the fields of writing and directing. Her films, the latest „The world is blue at its edges", „the_other_images“, „Rest“ and „Sweat" were screened at international festivals. Her debut novel „Kopfzecke" was published in 2016, the second novel „Atemhaut" was published in 2022 by Kremayr & Scheriau. Since 2010 shorter texts were published in anthologies and literature magazines. She is a member of the Golden Pixel Cooperative - association for moving images, arts and media.
director, scriptwriter, literature, script-consultant
Awards and grants for film and literature (selection): Scholarship young talents - Grant for literature by bmkös - Austrian Federal Chancellery Arts and Culture 2021, Award at the filmscript-competition „If she can see it, she can be it“ by Drehbuchforum Vienna 2019, Award at Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade 2018, Award promoting literature by the City of Vienna 2018, Artist-in-Residence ORF III & ARTE Creative 2017, Residency at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin 2017, Award “Best Austrian Newcomer” at Vienna Independent Shorts 2014.


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The world is blue at its edges
Avant Garde / Experimental

FILM-DETAILS: The world is blue at its edges

Year   2021
Minutes   14.30min
Genre   Avant Garde / Experimental
Contents   "Iris Blauensteiner’s and Christine Moderbacher’s The world is blue at its edges is directed at an unknown future. It’s a film about life and everything that speaks against life. As if behind glass, fragments of perception appear. They confront the somber world of today, consisting of screens and lockdowns, with the faint heartbeat of an unborn child. In the film the mother shares her thoughts with the child. What can she show to her future offspring, which images of today can speak tomorrow? Between almost dystopic pixelated found footage of Youtube videos and familiarly unreal images of daily life with Covid a narration appears that is mainly concerned with inner and outer borders: the Wall, the Iron Curtain, police states, migration, fear. The narrator hesitates as she asks herself and her child if those borders will remain in us even after they have long disappeared. The filmmakers create an inventory of the present and a subjective involvement with the sentiment of a mother-to-be. Inklings and insecurities stick between the images of the film. Even the embryo is still an image, an obscure ultrasound image and its real body must seem like a foreign body to this visual world. A terrifying threat lingers close to the image of the child in the mother’s womb: if its heart stops beating, the image will freeze. However, at the end there is a glimmer of hope to be recovered among the constant murmur of images. One feels how insecurity is not a reason to freeze or to stop loving or to not beget a child or to stop making images. No, insecurity is just a condition in life and the eponymous blue at the edges heralds all that will be - not yesterday, not today, but tomorrow." (Patrick Holzapfel)
Avant Garde / Experimental

FILM-DETAILS: the_other_images

Year   2018
Minutes   17min
Genre   Avant Garde / Experimental
Contents   A hard drive, 2.8 terabyte leftover data from a project that was shot 10 years ago. In 2008, the author and filmmaker Iris Blauensteiner made her first short movie. Now she sifts through this waste material: outtake scenes, photographs, sound files, e-mails, script passages, discarded ideas. This data was archived and well stored, but time has taken its toll. Old data formats cannot be played anymore because they are no longer compatible with current players. The multitude of read errors and image distortions disallow a comfortable recollection of the past, the pictures and sounds are not what they used to be. Ghostly, eerily magical scenes arise from the digital waste material and read errors, they reach into the visible and audible spectrum. Memories are recycled. They require a different cinematic experience, a new narrative, a different film. „the_other_images“ is an experimental documentary short film. It raises the question how memory and remembering is possible when all the digital storages fail or cannot be accessed, postulating a possible answer in form of recycling and reutilizing the digital archive. "Using mutated, nearly illegible material that is marked by decay, Iris Blauensteiner negotiates the potential of rejected images and the issue of storing digital memories: a desktop movie – (hi)stories of twenty-first-century cinema.“ (Michelle Koch, Diagonale Catalogue, 2018)
Documentation Cinema


Year   2016
Minutes   60min
Genre   Documentation Cinema
Contents   The residents of a Viennese truck-stop and a nearby camping-ground share a common need: Resting and relaxing in between traveling. Be it vacation or because of work, the visitors take their private spaces with them. The everyday rituals performed at the rest stop, tell stories about the personalities and situations of those who make these small spaces their home for the night.


Year   2014
Minutes   30min
Genre   Shortfilm
Contents   SWEAT follows the last three days of a friendship between two girls. Marion and Elisa live in a quiet village in the countryside that offers them very little. They roam their rural surroundings, go to parties, watch videos, swim in the lake and fight. Angry about the accustomed, they develop new, unexpected power. And start to act it out. “With a pulsating sound comes an Austrian still life stripped bare: summer holidays, backwoods, boredom. Two girlfriends ponder the future and shoot the breeze. Frustrated by the eternal monotony, they channel their adolescent insecurities into spontaneous outbursts of aggression. Playing to that on a YouTube stream are filmed atrocities of live animal feeding: In both cases, the law of the jungle reigns. In the beautifully photographed vacuum of a clearly staked out village cosmos, Iris Blauensteiner confronts her protagonists with the unavoidable settings of the course on the way to adulthood—and also with the two young women’s long-term separation, the inevitability of which has first become apparent. A coming-of-age portrait between wannabe and gangster attitudes, disco and a cautious quest for identity.“ (Sebastian Höglinger, Diagonale Catalogue, 2014)
and one of them singing
Avant Garde / Experimental

FILM-DETAILS: and one of them singing

Year   2011
Minutes   7min
Genre   Avant Garde / Experimental
Contents   Behind Marlene Dietrich as Lola in the film “The blue angel”, there are surplus figures - extras. Behind the heroine they become dramaturgical invisible. Their bodies just fill the image. The told characters and bodies stand in a strict hierarchy of attention, which renders some visible and some not. In “and one of them singing”, a voice speaks and describes the subjective gaze at one of these extras and shows the enlarged, grainy filmimage of her face - the face of a marginalised filmcharacter.


Year   2010
Minutes   22min
Genre   Shortfilm
Contents   She travels through the unknown. She encounters and searches. Dark wood, orange curtains, tatty carpet. In a state of inertia in the middle of nowhere a young woman books a single room in a remote hotel. Encounters unfold in the anonymity of the building and disappear into the impalpable. Olivia holds her head under water, looks inward and continues on. MILCH atmospherically portrays a young woman passing through.
Avant Garde / Experimental


Year   2007
Minutes   6min
Genre   Avant Garde / Experimental
Contents   A young woman emerges from the images. Her Off-Voice tells bits and pieces about the relation to the old Viennese building, she’s living in. What she says is, that her neighbour is an electrician or that she never goes on the third floor. The shown person stays uncertain. Sie splits into different layers (image, voice, sounds, space). Her identity connects to her surroundings. „Yesterday, she ripped a piece of colour off the wall. She was scratching for a long time.
Avant Garde / Experimental


Year   2006
Minutes   11min
Genre   Avant Garde / Experimental
Contents   A young woman moves through the 60ties interieur of a council flat - my grandmothers former apartement. „Suture“ is a film theoretical term meaning that the spectator is „sewed“ into the filmic space. The tearing apart and sewing together of the images causes gaps or empty spots. By filling out these gaps, the spectator becomes part of the film. He/She is „sewed“ into the organism of the flat by stitching together the spacial image-fragments to a new, imaginary space.
Avant Garde / Experimental

FILM-DETAILS: Backlights

Year   2004
Genre   Avant Garde / Experimental
Contents   1979 a dissection course was recorded. Twentyfive years later, I found the recordings by chance in a private, old Super 8-movie-collection. Projected on different materials in the actual „now“, the past - preserved on film and in formalin - is cut up and carved - like the medical students from 79’.