A look back at Flatpack Film Festival


The Flatpack Film Festival is over for another year and Parkside Gallery are proud to have been part of the event. During the festival the gallery showcased the Diafilmprojektor an installation by Gebhard Sengmüller which attracted a lot of attention.

Many attended a private view of Gerhard’s work with new media and slide projection and were able to see the 80 second film sequence in a custom installation at Parkside Gallery. The installation also included the added aspect of a soundtrack that emerges as a by-product of the mechanical clattering of the projectors themselves.


Gebhard Sengmüller’s work has been showcased at Ars Electronica Linz, the Venice Beinnale, the Insitute of Contempoarary Arts London and the Microwave Festival in Hong Kong. Gebhard provided a talk to attendees providing a detailed in depth discussion on creating Diafilmprojecktor and how the piece came to be. Gebhard discussed the history and background of his piece before engaging in conversation with attendees over drinks. Gebhard Sengmüller previous work include VinylVideo makes possible the storage of video (moving image plus sound) on analogue long-play records.

Gebhard’s website provides an in-depth description of his work with this new media piece:

“In this way, VinylVideo™ reconstructs a home movie medium as a missing link in the history of recorded moving images while simultaneously encompassing contemporary forms of DJ-ing and VJ-ing”


This unique installation was part of the 10th annual Flatpack Film Festival which started life as a monthly night in a Digbeth pub a decade ago and has continued to grow in popularity. Through collaborations with various events spaces, including Parkside Gallery, the success of Flatpack will hopefully continue for another 10 years. We’re certainly looking forward to what the festival will have to offer next year!

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