Natalie Gravenor | Thursday February 27th, 2014
Filmmaker-producer Bernd Gaul has worked in all areas of movie biz – from his avantgarde-auteur beginnings in the 1980’s to myriad production and distribution activities in collaboration with such artists as Chantal Akerman, Nico, Andy Warhol, Winfried Bonengel, Gabriele Heberling, Martin Scorsese, Christoph Schlingensief and Roland Topor.
Gaul is now the subject of a solo art show, “Early Works 1983-1987“. The exhibition features 8 mm films – including music clips for songs and tunes by Franz Schubert, Felix Culpa, Red Guitars, Psychedelic Furs and Boogie Down Productions. The films were shot in Berlin, New York, Ostia, Rome and Venice using a special process. “We used so-called Duplicate 8,” Gaul remembers. “This is actually 16 mm film inserted into a small Bolex 8mm camera with a revolver lens. After three minutes, the reel had to be turned over in absolute darkness and we then shot with the other side of the film strip. After a few weeks of waiting the result came in a yellow Kodak envelope by mail from the German lab in Stuttgart on an 8 mm film reel. We edited the footage by hand, frame by frame, and added the music – on cassettes, using the tape recorder’s pause button.”
In addition to the films, drawings, screenplays, storyboards and photos about art, film and music will be on display, including framed stills from each 8 mm work. A central part of the exhibition is the installation of a drawn storyboard consisting of 57 sheets and the screenplay for the never shot b/w short film “Die letzte Kopie” (The Last Print). It’s a story about how mafiosi from the video and the television industry try to obliterate cinema. Everybody is after the last existing 35 mm print of “Some Like It Hot” by legendary director Billy Wilder. Will it fall into the hands of the cinephobes or can the movies be saved from its adversaries?
Early Works 1983-1987 Bernd Gaul
Galerie im Erd- und Feuer möbel-kunst-werk
Opening March 1, 2014, 6 p.m.
Exhibition until March 29, 2014
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