May 2011, arsenal cinema

The Formative Years

DEMON, 1976/77

Heinz Emigholz' early cinematic work provided important impulses for the international experimental film movement of the 1970s and 80s. Within the frame of Forum Expanded 2010, we presented an installation of seven films from 1972-1977 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart. Together with Filmgalerie 451, the films were published on two DVDs. For the first time, the project offers the opportunity to survey the interrelations in this completed group of works: SCHENEC-TADY I, II and III, ARROWPLANE, TIDE, HOTEL, and DEMON.

"By means of observations and movements, these films explore the processes of emerging meaning, beyond communicative structures. Without depicting, they capture notions of infinity and timelessness in rigorous compositions. In the process, something like a logic of material evolves. One starts thinking about how a technical medium with so many possibilities of transforming the modes of perceiving the other arts can be sucked in by them in such an all-encompassing way. DEMON is a filmed prose poem by Stéphane Mallarmé with the title 'The Demon of Analogy.' Emigholz spatialized the words and lent them a temporal dimension independent of the story. And he approached Mallarmé's dream of showing that language can be an object, a vis-à-vis." (Frieda Grafe) We will present the DVDs on two evenings and talk with Heinz Emigholz about the history and present of his early filmic works. (May 18 & 19)