Experimental Film

When too perfect, lieber Gott böse. (“When too perfect God gets mad.” / Nam June Paik).

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During developing a technique of lens-based images of puppets, still and moving, I eventually understood their inherent quality of reflecting life like a mirror, a shadow, or foot print for some reason, and at the same time the ability to represent reality. To achieve this certain rules have to be understood and followed, which is what I am working on.

Most contemporary animation is based on very different rules, “12 principles of animation” as outlined by Disney’s Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas. However, films based on these principles seem to me very abstracted, stylized and caricature-like and do not reflect reality at all. Further, they seem to immediately express an intentional difference to reality, to which the viewer only returns once s/he stops watching the film.

Because I can’t relate to these kinds of films and find them generally uninteresting I started to think about which criteria make lens-based images, inclusive films, life-like and which don’t, and am since trying to create films that are more true to my own personal visual experience researching my actual reality instead of creating a sort of ‘break-time entertainment’.

This category shows films I created during this process, which is still ongoing and full of discoveries, mistakes and new insights.

Technically, my films are “animations”, but opposed to current fashion I am using my work as a tool to research life around me.
I am creating my films based on the same rules like any other films, inclusive a very strong focus on cinematography.
For these reasons my major influences do not come from animation, but instead from cinema or experimental film makers and cinematographers, many of them from the 50’s to 70’s (i.e. Chris Marker, Andrei Tarkovsky, Joris Ivens, Agnès Varda and others), and also from photography.