Counter Gravity

The Films of Heinz Emigholz
2021, Oct 15, Fri — 2022, Jan 03, Mon

Heinz Emigholz | Still from “Goff in the Desert” (“Goff in der Wüste”), Germany 2002–03 | © Heinz Emigholz and Filmgalerie 451

Heinz Emigholz | Still from “Goff in the Desert” (“Goff in der Wüste”), Germany 2002–03 | © Heinz Emigholz and Filmgalerie 451

A pioneer of experimental architectural and narrative film: Since the 1970s, Heinz Emigholz has used a unique cinematic formal language to explore the relationship between film time and spatial experience, remembrance structure and consciousness. In his work, the filmmaker, artist, author and producer radically departs from conventional representations of space, creating an alternative history of modern architecture. For the first time, his collected architectural and more recent narrative films will be presented at HKW in a retrospective encompassing, for example, notebooks, photographs, production notes and objects.

The accompanying program will screen the premiere of his new film The Basis of Make-Up (IV), in which Emigholz’s notebooks are the protagonists. The feature film The Lobby – a morbid yet comical monologue by a character called “Old White Male” who rants about death, consciousness and human relationships in apartment building lobbies in Buenos Aires – will have its German premiere.

The complementary publication with picture essays by the filmmaker, encyclopedic filmographies and essays by Gertrud Koch, Dennis Lim, Ulrike Lorenz and many others is the first comprehensive overview of Heinz Emigholz’s work.

In cooperation and correspondence with the monographic show at HKW, a second presentation of his films will open at the same time at the TECHNE SPHERE LEIPZIG. There, drawings from the series The Basis of Make-Up will be shown along with the premiere of his film WEISS hoch ZWEI about the Oscar Niemeyer Sphere completed in June 2020.

Part of The New Alphabet

Monographic show and publication

Oct 15, 2021–Jan 3, 2022
Opening: Thu, Oct 14, 2021

Accompanying program: Screenings and conversations
Oct 15–17, 2021

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