Drawing Cobblestones

  • Super 8 Films by Helga Fanderl (In Person)
  • Sunday, February 18, 8pm
  • Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave.

Part of Winter 2007

Pleasure Dome and the Goethe Institut are pleased to have Helga Fanderl in person to present a programme of her Super 8 films from 1990 to 2006. Born in Germany in 1947 Fanderl has been making Super 8 cine-poems for two decades and has produced over two hundred works. “She has the gift of genuine intuition. She reacts with almost sublime intensity to the immediate and ephemeral in front of her camera, capturing the rare moment in which wasps, passers-by, sardine fishermen or the weather seem to follow their own intricate choreographies. Framed with delicate precision, Fanderl’s images display a perfect balance of line and color. Like short musical movements, her films last for one or two minutes only, brief instances of serendipity and artistic mastery.” (Christine Noll Brinckmann)

“Each of my films comes into being by switching the camera on and off. I always edit in camera, there is no postproduction. Thus each of my films demonstrates the logic of cinematic transposition and transformation, the chronology of the events and of the
process of filming. Each film is no more than about 3 minutes long, due to the length of a Super 8 reel. Either a film succeeds in one gesture, or it is discarded. This constitutes an art form of its own, like a drawing or a painter’s sketch.” (Helga Fanderl)