Space Exploration with Johann Lurf

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Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Space Exploration with Johann Lurf
Sunday February 27, 2022, 7:30 pm
At 2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
Free parking on the street and across Beverly at the church

In-person: Filmmaker Johann Lurf

Full information at

Tickets: $12 general, $8 students/seniors, $0 Filmforum members.  $12 tickets can be purchased in advance at

Vienna-based artist Johann Lurf is fascinated by image production and exhibition technologies, and his filmmaking practice is a diverse and thrillingly engaging demonstration of those passions.  Across his eclectic body of truly inventive films, he employs an acute awareness of the possibilities for magic and revelation to be found in the interplay of real and filmic space.  The elemental qualities of the moving image are activated via his conceptual and technical artistry and the medium itself always plays an active role.  The result is an expanded adventure of cinema that involves the viewer in a thoughtful exploration of perspective and time.

This program will span a variety of short films, diverse in their themes, materials, and execution, but all representing the poetry, discipline, humor, and excitement that one can expect from any work by Johann Lurf.  Found footage is radically re-presented to release its formal energies, artful and revelatory surveillance is made of eerie and sinister landscapes, and the elemental properties of cinema itself are thrown into powerful, surprising relief through Lurf’s articulate and inspired filmic alchemy.

In person: Johann Lurf, with thanks to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, California Institute of the Arts, and the Austrian Consulate General Los Angeles.

Program and notes by Mark Toscano.  All films courtesy of Johann Lurf.  35mm titles will show digitally.
Note: This program contains some elements of flicker.

Johann Lurf will also be presenting his film ★ at the Academy Film Museum on February 24 at 7:30 pm.  “A one-of-a-kind cinematic experience, Vienna-based filmmaker Johann Lurf’s ★ is quite literally the ultimate cosmic trip through the entire history of cinema.”  For more information:

Johann Lurf (1982) is an artist, filmmaker, and projectionist based in Vienna.  For the past fifteen years, he has produced an eclectic body of moving image work very engaged with the rich technical and material expressivity of the filmmaking process.  Melding conceptual and formal strategies with a rich aesthetic sensitivity and poetic nuance, his films have shown extensively internationally and he is widely recognized as an influential and unique practitioner of cinematic exploration.


2220 Arts + Archives - Los Angeles, United States


Sunday, February 27, 2022 - 19:30



Sunday, February 27, 2022 - 19:30
  • 2220 W. Beverly Blvd.
    90057   Los Angeles, California
    United States
    34° 4' 2.1468" N, 118° 16' 20.1324" W