Blutrausch / Bloodlust [1998]

16mm, 4:20 minutes

An attempt to constitute a human / machine dialogue. It shows the filmmaker’s blood as seen / heard with the eyes / ears of the machine which is a film projector with optical sound. He affixed his blood onto clear film leader by cutting into the flesh and then pressing the film leader onto the wound. Additionally he had blood taken with a syringe and afterwards dripped it on the film leader. fresh and clotted blood was used.

Blutrausch/Bloodlust received the Ann Arbor Film Coop Award at the 38th Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2000 and the Special Jury Award at the 5th Microcinefest in 2001

K.I.L.L. [1998]

K.I.L.L. – Kinetic Image Laboratory / Lobotomy [1998]
VHS, 3:30 minutes

An accumulation of 180 different perspectives of a bank’s skyscraper. Each perspective takes just one frame.At first there is chaos, then systems of visual organisation develop. The sound consists of a sampled phrase meaning: “Our power is boundless and our means are inexhaustible”. The editing plays with the relationship between the words and the images creating different meanings in breaking the succession of the words.

K.I.L.L. was nominated for Best Experimental Animation at the Bradford Animation Festival 2000.

Expanded Cinema Pieces

Instructions For Films – Peristaltic Fantasy [2007]
Idea for a film on a white card

Over forty international artists who use the moving image in their work, were sent a white card measuring 20cm by 15cm, with the following invitation: ‘On the card enclosed propose instructions for a film. You may render the instructions by any means and appendages.’

Here is what I came up with:

Peristaltic Fantasy Front

Peristaltic Fantasy Back

From ‘Instructions For Films‘, a publication


Der verbotene Film/Forbidden Film [2006]
16 mm

An experiment in film narration. Read more here.


Möbius Filmschleife/Möbius Filmloop [2003]
16 mm

A 16 mm loop spliced together like a möbius strip meaning that the one end meeting the other is turned by 180 degrees. To ensure projectability double perforated film used. Download the actual loop [3 mb] here. Choose play looped, watch for about 5 minutes.


ZUSE [2002]
35 mm

Structural films use mathematical means in order to arrange frames. A reflection on the serial nature of film. ZUSE is an exact copy of an original program for the Z3 computer made by konrad zuse in 1941. He is considered the father of today’s computers. His calculating machines (Z1, 1938 & Z3, 1941) were programmed with perforated 35 mm film. The program used to make ZUSE originally helped to factor out a polynomial. A small comment on the mathematics involved in structural film and thus a meta-structural film.



Feuer Frei/Open Fire [1998]
16 mm

Shots of something burning, clear and black leader treated with fire and smoke. Unscreenable!


Der Antifilm/The Anti-Movie [1997]
Super 8

Black leader arranged in various ways to prevent screening. Sprocket holes cut off at some sequences. Other sequences spliced together with the sprocket holes at the opposite side. In case of projection this film would rather destroy itself than expose its black soul.

The award winning films of Thorsten Fleisch