DECODING The Intros of ZiB (THE WHOLE TRUTH)

The experimental documentary DECODING The Intro of the ZiB (THE WHOLE TRUTH) by Karin Ferrari analyses and (mis)interprets the opening signatures of the national Austrian News Broadcast ‚Zeit im Bild‘ since its first broadcast in 1955. The title ‚Zeit im Bild‘ means literally translated time in the picture. The film is part of Ferrari's video series DECODING THE WHOLE TRUTH, which - inspired by a YouTube counterculture - reveals hidden messages in music videos and TV clips. It turns out that everyday television pictures such as news opening signatures can be interpreted in manifold and ambivalent ways.

Starting point of the film DECODING The intros of the ZiB (THE WHOLE TRUTH) is the assumption that the opening sequence, which mostly consists of an image of the world and some abstract representation of time, is the symbolic visualisation of the respective worldview and present-day understandings. As in the case of iconological interpretation, visual motives of the intros are assigned concepts and topics. In Ferrari's interdisciplinary image analysis, special attention is given to speculative contents on the threshold of reality and fiction, which are vastly spreading as a result of online distribution mechanisms (fake news phenomena). Current topics of academic cultural theory are correlated with pop culture, political paranoia and fringe theories. Over and over again DECODING The intros of the ZiB (THE WHOLE TRUTH) undermines the allegedly clearly marked difference between neutral reporting and the reality-inducing power of suggestion, truth, reality and fiction.

  • Karin Ferrari
    Director
    DECODING Katy Perry's Dark Horse (THE WHOLE TRUTH)
  • Karin Ferrari
    Writer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    DECODING Die Intros der ZiB (THE WHOLE TRUTH)
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short, Television
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 4, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    13,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Austria
  • Country of Filming:
    Austria
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Television Broadcast, ORF III
    Austrian National Television
    Austria
    March 6, 2016
    Austrian Premiere
  • Symposium, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhaus
    Innsbruck
    Austria
    February 26, 2016
  • Frame Out Festival, Museumsquartier
    Vienna
    Austria
    July 29, 2016
Director Biography - Karin Ferrari

Karin Ferrari is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Vienna. She has exhibited her work internationally: at the 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art 2016, the Royal Military Museums in Brussels, at the 21er Haus - Museum for Contemporary Art / Blickle Kino in Vienna, at the Ars Electronica in Linz, in Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, on Arte Creative and on Austrian National Television. She studied painting and cultural studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. For 2 years she worked as curatorial assistant for design at the MAK.

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Director Statement

I use images from pop and Internet culture to investigate the present. My artistic research focuses on speculative narratives on the threshold of academic theory and (political) paranoia. The videos of my series DECODING (THE WHOLE TRUTH) reveal hidden messages in music videos and TV clips. They are inspired by a counter culture on YouTube and published on my YouTube channel Black Magic Media.