San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In his film/video installation SHU (Blue Hour Lullaby), which references a number of films and periods in art, Philipp Lachenmann shows a remote prison, the California Correctional Institution in the Mojave Desert, with its infamous Security Housing Unit (SHU), or solitary confinement. The twelve-minute-long film presents the fading day and the approaching night, as the sky gradually darkens and lights are switched on. During this blue hour, aircraft lights appear in the sky, inserted into the film from hundreds of airplanes landing at airports around the world. The combination of a static camera and the moving lights in the gradually changing light creates an atmosphere that plays with the sensation of temporalities and cinematic time.
Philipp Lachenmann (b. 1963) is an audiovisual artist working in Berlin, Cologne, and Los Angeles. His works include films, photography, sculptures, and paintings. His exhibition Some Scenic Views focused on static and dynamic images. The simplicity of his film Preview, in which a narrator retells J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings II from memory in 88 minutes, shows the loss of imagination when transferring literature to an audiovisual medium. He questions pre-existing images in his film Grey Study, which captures surfers waiting for waves in the California morning mist.
Lachenmann has been awarded many grants, including the Villa Aurora in 2003, the Cité des Arts Grant Residency, Paris 2008, and the Villa Massimo in 2012. He holds degrees in architecture and design modeling, art history and philosophy (Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich) and audiovisual media (Academy for Media Arts, Cologne).
Between the cinema and the moving image a difference is emerging that investigates temporal formations that challenge assumptions about 'static' photographic time and the 'logic' of cinematic time - a discourse that investigates stillness, movement, and spatial transformations in time frames that are hybridized, uncanny, and dazzling.
The works of German artist Philipp Lachenmann and Austrian artist Ulf Langheinrich have long probed the status of the 'moving-image.' In elegant works such as SHU (Lachenmann, 2002-2008) or Drift (Langheinrich, 2008) the projected image unfolds into temporal and experiential spheres other than mere duration or narrative.
In cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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