Show & Tell: Helga Fanderl

September 24, 2018 11:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Saturday November 3, 2018, 7:30 pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003


German filmmaker Helga Fanderl makes her first visit to Anthology in manyyears to present this specially-selected program drawn from her astoundingly vast body of silent Super-8mm films and 16mm blow-ups (she has made around 1,000 short films since 1986). A onetime student of both Peter Kubelka and Robert Breer, Fanderl makes her work impressionistically and intuitively, in response to the rhythms, forms, textures, and colors she encounters, and always limits herself to in-camera editing, so that each film becomes a reflection of the process of its own creation. Her practice is distinguished as well by her commitment to a particular way of presenting her work in public: generally projecting the films herself from within the screening space, Fanderl conceives of each screening program as a unique ‘montage’ of individual works that together comprise a kind of ephemeral, never-to-be-repeated ‘film’ in their own right (an approach made possible by the sheer multitude of pieces she’s created over the years). The interplay of the varied films with their different motifs and rhythms evokes ever-changing and infinitely diverse correspondences and contrasts, and transforms each screening into a unique performance, more than a fixed presentation.

“My films record encounters with events and images in the real world thatattract me. There is no postproduction in my work. Every single film preserves and reflects the traces of its creation, the sensations and emotions I felt in the moment of filming.” – Helga Fanderl

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