Photo © Stefan Roloff
Stefan Roloff, born in 1953 in Berlin, has worked as a painter, video artist and filmmaker. A pioneer of digital video and photography, in 1983 Roloff founded his own production company, When 6 is 9. He shares his time between New York and Berlin.
In 1984, Roloff was invited to experiment on prototypes of digital video and imaging computers at the New York Institute of Technology. Here, he created Face—his first Moving Painting, produced by Peter Gabriel—which was the predecessor of Gabriel’s award-winning music video for Sledgehammer (1986). He also created the music video to Peter Gabriel’s song ZAAR, from the record Passion.
Roloff received a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts for his digital work in 1989. He continues to combine his paintings and videos in collaboration with musicians like Martin Rev, Jim O’Rourke and Andrew Cyrille.
Roloff has also produced and directed numerous videos and documentary films. Each film is accompanied by an art installation, providing a three-dimensional space that the viewers can enter for a direct experience of the subject matter. His video installations and films have been shown worldwide, including in Brazil, France, Japan, Spain and USA.
Roloff's documentary, The Red Orchestra, is a portrait of his late father, Helmut Roloff, an anti-Nazi resistance fighter. It was nominated for Best Foreign Film 2005 by the US Women Critics Circle.
Roloff is currently working on his first feature film project, Café Holland, in collaboration with a former GDR dissident. Based on a true story, this is a film about a woman who revolts against the GDR and faces the retribution of the Stasi. Since 2008, Roloff has produced over sixty interviews in preparation of this feature film project, and will make them public in an online archive about resistance, daily life and underground culture in East Germany. [See also: www.when6is9.com]
Bibliography & More:
Die Katakombengesellschaft [trans. The Catacombe Society], Satzweiss. 2011. [e-book]
Die Rote Kapelle: Die Widerstandsgruppe im Dritten Reich und die Geschichte von Helmut Roloff [trans. The Red Orchestra: The Resistance Group in the Third Reich and the Story of Helmut Roloff]. Ullstein. 2002.
|2011||The Silence (Das Schweigen, video projection)|
|2010||Lindenhotel (video installation)|
|2009||Let There be Light (video installation)|
|2008||Katja and Lisa’s Escape -1942 (video)|
|2008||Trying to Hide Strelow - 1942 (video)|
|2007||Memory Breakdown (trailer)|
|2004||The Red Orchestra (Die Rote Kapelle, documentary)|
|1995||The Year of the Stone (documentary)|
|1993||Meditation in the Roaring Twenties (video)|
|1992||What's Going On? (video)|
|1992||The Visit (video)|
|1989||Dominic Christ (music video)|
|1989||Surrender (music video)|
|1989||ZAAR (music video)|
|1989||Fireball (video / video installation)|
|1989||Still Life (video / video installation)|
|1987||Life and Death of Ludwig van Beethoven (Leben und Tod von Ludwig van Beethoven, short film)|
|1987||The Room Mate (short film)|
|1985||Big Fire (video / video installation)|
|1984||The Face (video / video installation)|
|1980||Fopo Fever (video)|
|1978||The Fat One (Die Dicke, short film)|