Wolfgang Lehmann - Image of myself as act; Study No.2 (2002-03)

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Selbstbildnis als Akt; Studie Nr.2 / Image of myself as act; Study No.2
A film by Wolfgang Lehmann (7 min., 42, b/w & colour, 16mm, Germany 2002-03)

I love signs of transience such as patina, scratches and age; they are traces of history and existence in pictures. They are signals for irreversible time. There are no longer any negatives of the original footage because all the material was combined to form a whole during editing. The images on the screen are the result of the extremely short sequences of shots, as a rule in two or three frames. The >smudge< is anything but a reduction of the image; on the contrary, as a result the pictures gain a degree of diversity and richness. The marks where the film is spliced was something that excited me even in the >classics< of film history, and here this has been taken consciously to the extreme by me. What interests me is not the analysis of the material but rather the very conscious way of dealing with the aesthetics of it. The nakedness of the body is not the most essential aspect of the film. Nakedness is something natural, no more and no less. The desire to work with material, the rhythm of the images, the editing and assembling of the pictures, the light and the colours - these are the real self-portrait because it is in these that I find my passion for creating. - Wolfgang Lehmann

"...The filmmaker is often his own subject. In this case, however, sophisticated filming and editing techniques are used to turn self-portraits and nude depictions into a self-contained work of art whose aesthetic quality goes far beyond the image itself and extends to the material aspect of the film and the time related quality of the cinematic form.“ - Jochen Coldewey in Constantly in motion: Current trends in experimental film and video in Germany (1994 – 2004) Goethe-Institut

Prizes:
Premio Miglior, V-Art 04 VIII Festival Internazionale Immagine d´Autore; Cagliari / Italy

International distribution:
Arsenal Berlin
Light Cone, Paris 
EMAF, Osnabrück 
& Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid 

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