Kaspar Hauser Song
Idea and Animation: Susanne Wiegner
Poem: Georg Trakl
Voice: Christian Reiner
The poem "Kaspar Hauser Lied" by Georg Trakl was written in 1913.
Kaspar Hauser (30 April 1812 (?) – 17 December 1833) was a German youth
who claimed to have grown up in the total isolation of a darkened cell.
Hauser's claims, and his subsequent death by stabbing, sparked much
debate and controversy. (Wikipedia)
The visualization of the poem is based on the inscription of Hauser's
gravestone where you can read in Latin: "Here lies Kaspar Hauser,
riddle of his time. His birth was unknown, his death mysterious."
In the film, the typeface is three-dimensional and builds a sequence
of spaces, that is passed by the camera. Images and videos are projected
on the letters, that lights up in the dark like kaleidoscopic smithers of memory.
By these means the epitaph becomes the abstracted path through Hauser's
life from the subtle, slightly colored experiences of nature to the gradually
darken spaces of civilisation, to a confusing labyrinth.
Towards the end of the poem, the camera leaves the typeface, the script
becomes flat again and one realizes Kaspar Hauser's headstone.