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He proposes us the extraordinary Klaus Wyborny’s film Studies for the decay of the west, which, by a simple and radical construction, gives the composition a great delight and a unique tempo.
Kino im Sprengel, located in a former chocolate factory, is built and run since 26 years by a collective of volunteers. It doesn’t receive regular funding. The programme, politically committed, varies according to the inclinations of the involved persons: independent cinema, documentary, experimental, discoveries in the history of cinema.
Kino im Sprengel is part of the Kino Climates network of European independent cinema venues.
The experimental cinema of Klaus Wyborny, far from wishing to create a peculiar aesthetic, tackles the principles of narrative cinema, analysing and pushing them to their critical points where they change course. That’s where the spectator opens himself for new experiences and where he finds a new balance.
Klaus Wyborny speeks about the relationship between maîtrise and non-maîtrise of the film form. He likes the coexistence of both: extremely carefully structured modules, and then rough intrusions.
One thing that interested him a lot were outtakes. Stuff he didn’t use in a film. He constructed long time structures by first presenting a “film” and immediately after that the outtakes in a special formally more advanced mode to achieve an anarchistic quality the original couldn’t have, because it had to behave too well to fit into a certain dramatic structure (Demonic Screen, 1969, The Birth of a Nation, 1973).
Later he edited films in camera, so that he had to use whatever he shot, even if he had an unhappy hand. The “mistake” was a challenge for the following series of images. By that the whole process of constructing a film in camera got a life-like human quality, concentrating on the atmospheric impressions more than on “picture-quality”.
According to an interview with Christopher Zimmerman (Cyprus 2012)
STUDIEN ZUM UNTERGANG DES ABENDLANDS
STUDIES FOR THE DECAY OF THE WEST
Klaus Wyborny | Germany | 1979/2010 | 80m | colour | sound | Super 8, digitized
Scenario, director, producer, photography, music, editor: Klaus Wyborny
A “musical film” in five parts, edited directly within the camera.
1: Tiring; tumbling towards the end – 10′ 30″ – shot in the Ruhr, spring 1980 – 7 episodes
2: Serene; in the way of ants – 11′ 16″ – shot in the Ruhr, 1980 – 13 episodes of which 6 are double-exposed
3: Classical; radiant with glory – 9′ 32″ – shot in the Ruhr, 1980, and in Athens, 1991 – 8 episodes of which 4 are double-exposed
4: About the Light of the North – 20′ – shot in Hamburg, 1984, La Gomera, 1984) and East Africa, 1981/82 – 13 episodes of which of which 8 are double-exposed
Intermezzo “Out of New York” – 12′ – 1987
5: From the New World – 13′ 48″ – shot in Hamburg, 1984, Rimini, 1990, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio 1979 – 16 episodes
“Studies for the decay of the west” is inspired by Oswald Spengler’s book with the same title, published in 1918, which announces the end of human history as a history of progress. Instead, history is understood as a cycle of cultures which are born and die. The images of industrial ruins filmed by Wyborny evoke the temporary and limited nature of technical progress: one must consider it starting with its end.
Venue : Cinéma de la Maison de la Culture Wednesday 12 at 21h
Rencontre apéritive avec Peter Hoffmann from Kino im Sprengel
Venue : Le café Cujas Tuesday 13 at 19h