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‘Dein Muff makes me drunk’: The Films of Josef Dabernig

Josef Dabernig, Wisla, 1996, 16mm film, black and white, sound, 8min, still. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna; and Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam
Daniel Fairfax traces recurrent threads in Josef Dabernig’s filmic practice — from the dissonance between image and sound to the use of humour and an emphasis on gesture — finding a poetic capacity to make the everyday uncanny. The ground announcer continues to unenthusiastically read out the away team’s line-up through the tannoy system. The squad is that of Piacenza Calcio, an Emilia-Romagna football club known for its steadfast all-Italian selection policy. On Sunday, 5 May 1996, in the penultimate round of the Serie A season, the team travel to Udinese’s Stadio Friuli.