In addition to Chris Marker’s well-known and much-loved photo-film La Jetée (1962) there are many filmmakers and artists who have experimented with the format of making films out of still images. Analog photography—or, derived from it, drawing—serves as the basis of these films, in which the materiality of the individual images is stressed. Due to their ambivalence regarding the production of and also the interruption of the filmic illusion of movement, these films can often be very affective and striking. They create imaginary archives, write intimate stories, and set off processes of reflection on the medium and the making of images. Formally and thematically, these works are close to the format of the (family) photo album, a privileged and emotionally charged object of memory that co-constructs its own origins.
Lebohang Kganye, Pied Piper, 2014, 3 min
Aykan Safoğlu, Off-White Tulips, 2013, 24 min
Anna Faroqui, Ein gewöhnliches Leben (A Common Life), 2006, 26 min
Hubert Fichte, Leonore Mau, Der Tag eines unständigen Hafenarbeiters, 1966, 16 min
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, The Beginning of Stories (Part I of many), 2017, 10 min
Presented by Marietta Kesting
Marietta Kesting lives in Berlin. She is a member of the team of the FWF project A Matter of Historicity: Materiality in Audio-Visual Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and junior professor of media theory at cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.