Worn-down pavements, broken paving stones. Trees that jut out of the concrete, casting shadows on to crumbling façades. The centre of Tbilisi in the summer of 2013. Glimpses of side and main streets, over railings and under balconies, of an architectural cacophony. The voiceover spoken by Natja Brunckhorst reflects on the nature of streets and public spaces.
In an oak-panelled sound studio, the Düsseldorf band Kreidler records their album "ABC". The drummer wears headphones; his drum kit is placed on a carpet whose colour matches the mosaic floor, which is covered with a tangled collection of cables and electronic equipment. Only the complex geometry of the soundproofed ceiling is white. The atmosphere is focused; the musicians often communicate without words.
The third element between which the film cross cuts are the director’s familiar notebooks, being rapidly leafed through as always, with their close scrawl and the cinema tickets or catalogue clippings pasted inside. Each notebook carries a letter and they appear in alphabetical order.
With this first part of the “Streetscapes,” Heinz Emigholz reboots his “Photography and beyond” series and opens up a fascinating new chapter.
Documentary form88 min · Colour
Heinz Emigholz was born in 1948 in Achim, near Bremen, Germany. Since 1973 he has worked as a freelance filmmaker, artist, writer, cinematographer, producer, and journalist. In 1974, he began an encyclopedic series of drawings, Die Basis des Make-Up, which was the subject of a major exhibition at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum in 2007/08. In 1978 he founded his own production company, Pym Films. In 1984, he began a film series called Photographie und jenseits / Photography and Beyond. From 1993 to 2013, he held a professorship in experimental filmmaking at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he is a co-founder of the Institute for Time-Based Media and the university’s art and media course. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.Filmography (selection)
1973 Schenec-Tady I 1974 Arrowplane · Tide 1976 Hotel 1981 Normalsatz 1985 Die Basis des Make-Up 1987 Die Wiese der Sachen (The Meadow of Things) 1999 Maillarts Brücken (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 3) (Maillart's Bridges) 2003 Goff in der Wüste (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 7) (Goff in the Desert) 2005 D’Annunzios Höhle (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 8) (D'Annunzio's Cave) 2008 Loos ornamental (Photographie und jenseits – Teil 13) 2012 Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi und römischer Beton (Parabeton – Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete ) · Perret in Frankreich and Algerien (Perret in France and Algeria) 2014 The Airstrip – Aufbruch der Moderne, Teil III (The Airstrip – Decampment of Modernism, Part III) 2015 Le Corbusier [IIIII] Asger Jorn [Relief] 2017 2+2=22 [The Alphabet] · Bickels [Socialism] · Streetscapes [Dialogue] · Dieste [Uruguay] 2018 Two Basilicas
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018
Heinz Emigholz Filmproduktionwww.pym.de