Buoyed in part by the Academy of Media Arts (Kunsthochschule für Medien, or KHM), Cologne has become an epicenter of experimental film and video within Germany. This program, organized in collaboration with Cologne-based filmmakers Lina Sieckmann and Miriam Gossing, presents nine works from the Cologne/Bonn region viewed through the lens of “formal subversion”. All included works somehow undermine basic elements of their form, structure, or the medium itself to reveal unforeseen creative potentials .
From that late fifties until his death in 1987, Will Hindle was a major figure in the American Avant-Garde and what has been called the Personal Film Movement, as defined by a conscious move away from the industrial methods of production toward a more individualistic and idiosyncratic cinema. Incredibly technically adept as well as emotionally astute, Hindle utilized complex optical effects to craft beautiful, evocative and densely-layered short films that play out vividly like dreams and resonate long after. Being neither wholly abstract nor rooted to narrative form, the fictive elements within the films tend to forgo exposition, instead working with the images, colors, and sound to create a strong sensorial experience that channels a deep empathetic response within the viewer.