Born in Tokyo Sylvia Schedelbauer first moved to Berlin in 1993, where she has been based since. She studied at the University of Arts Berlin (with Katharina Sieverding). Her films negotiate the space between broader historical narratives and personal, psychological realms mainly through poetic manipulations of found and archival footage.
"Schedelbauer’s films reveal the world in a perpetually unsettled state of flux and traverses into liminal zones where time and space collapse." (James Hansen, Women to Watch, Cleo - Journal of Film and Feminism)
"The videos of Sylvia Schedelbauer reinvent the found-footage genre through their dense layers of imagery that narrate memory as an elusive object. (...) her visual material is harvested from an archive of ephemeral films housed in San Francisco—a nomadic artistic existence that manifests itself in her work through themes of migration, hidden histories and inherited rebelliousness." (Chris Kennedy, program notes, TIFF Cinematheque)
Selected screenings include the Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, London Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Robert Flaherty International Film Seminar and the Stan Brakhage Symposium. Awards include the VG Bildkunst Award, the German Film Critics’ Award and the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film.
- Sounding Glass (2011, digital, 10:00 min, b&w, sound)
A man in a forest is subject to a flood of impressions; rhythmic waves of images and sounds give form to his introspection.
Selected Music by Thomas Carnacki
- False Friends (2007, digital, 4:50 min, b&w, sound)
A montage of mid-century found footage: mysterious strands are obsessively braided to create a poetic reflection about an anxious interplay of memory and projection.
Selected Music by Violet
- Way Fare (2009, 6:30 min, digital, b&w, sound)
A layered tone poem of found images and woven soundscapes renders a shifting psychogram; a nomadic passage across spaces in and out of time.
Selected Music by Giuseppe Iacono & Violet
- Sea of Vapors (2014, digital, 15 min, b&w, sound)
A cascade of images cut frame by frame flow into an allegory of the lunar cycle.
With Linda Scobie, Photography Cyrus Tabar, Selected Music by Jeff Surak
- Remote Intimacy (2007/2008, digital, 14:30 min, b&w/colour)
Stream of consciousness with fictitious and found stories and a personal reference.
"Remote Intimacy is a found-footage montage which combines many types of archival documentary footage (including home movies, educational films, and newsreels), with a seemingly personal narrative, blending various individual recollections with literary texts. Beginning with an account of a recurring dream, the film is a poetic amplification of Memory, and with its associative narrative structure I hope to open up a space for reflection on issues of cultural dislocation." (S.S)
Selected Music by Violet
- Wishing Well (2018, digital, 13 min, colour, sound)
Gushing colors. A time disjointed, yet synchronous.
A transcendent turn, a quest for agency, a reunion with currents of the forest.
"The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for." J. Campbell
Selected Music by Jeff Surak