Synopsis by Nathan Southern
As co-directed by Lotte Schreiber and Norbert Pfaffenbichler, the abstract, avant garde short 36 runs three visual "fields" on the screen concurrently; each field houses animated geometric visuals that are mathematically linked to the titular number. On the left side of the screen, 36 vertical and horizontal white lines arrange themselves into various patterns according to a binary digital numeric system, where 0 corresponds to the vertical and 1 corresponds to the horizontal. The lines ultimately unify into six squares with abstract, nebulous animated shapes inside. A palette with large blotches of color, that is aesthetically influenced by the artist and filmmaker Gerhard Richter, fills the right side of the screen, where the colors merge and split continually. And finally, on the bottom of the screen, two overlapping squares house the film's temporal axis and establish a metric, visual rhythm within the film, via their strict linear movements. The filmmakers were directly influenced, in the creation of this work, by such early avant garde directors as Hans Richter and Walther Ruttmann. Stefan Németh composed the soundtrack, which is synchronized to the various onscreen movements.