REALFilm

(REALFilm)

Germany, 1986, 48 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles
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Synopsis

This multimedia collage, which includes performances by pantomime artist and dancer Fine Kwiatkowski, painter and filmmaker Lutz Dammbeck and musician Robert Linke, is a reflection on the medium of film and its elements: sound, light and movement. Dammbeck’s goal is to cleanse these elements of ideology and commerce and compose a new film out of them. The process is played out in the space in real time. Recorded at the Haus der Volkskunst in Leipzig on May 14, 1986, this media collage was hailed as an extraordinary sensual experience in the GDR art scene. 

 

Part of a media-collage event series that Dammbeck organized in East Germany 8 times from 1984 to 1986. Each media collage was unique and presented under a different title (e.g., La Sarraz, Herakles, REALFilm). This filmed documentation is part of Dammbeck’s long-term art project, the Herakles-Konzept (Hercules Concept).

 

 

 

Bibliography

www.herakleskonzept.de

 

Awards

2019 Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA

 

Press comments

“Like no other dancer in East Germany, in her technique and improvisational approach [Fine Kwiatkowski] consistently remained outside of any institutional dance form. Without having had any exchange with Western dance and possibly unknowingly, she propelled East German dance into postmodernism.”  —Jens Richard Giersdorf, The Body of the People: East German Dance Since 1945

 

“For the former GDR, it was a groundbreaking production.”  —Eckhart Gillen, “Das Herakles Konzept”

“[REALFilm] is a complex, questioning survey of the film medium. Watching the film is an act of reception!”   —Fred Gehler, Bilderdrehbuch REALFilm

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