Rainbow's Gravity

8 Jun 2014

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Starts at 7pm

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London, United Kingdom


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London premiere of Mareike Bernien and Kerstin Schroedinger's Rainbow's Gravity (2014), followed by responses from writers Esther Leslie and Marina Vishmidt. This event is co-presented with Electra.


Rainbow's Gravity (2014) is a cinematic study on the Agfacolor-Neu colour film stock made in Nazi Germany. Along its three layers of emulsion, the film digs deep into the escapist colourised landscape of this time and asks for the material requirements, retentions and ideological continuities of the Agfacolor palette. Film sequences, projected on the former production line, dismantle not only themselves, but also our view accustomed to historicise, aiming to visualise what the colour does not show. The film tries to realise not only how it had been - in the darkrooms of the Agfa film factory - but also how it can be possible at all to face this reality today within film, in images and movements without a final or even conciliatory view of the past. Rainbow's Gravity has been shown most recently at the 2014 Berlinale (Forum Expanded), VBKà ', Vienna and Les Complices*, Zurich. Another UK screening of Rainbow's Gravity will also take place at Arnolfini in Bristol on Thursday 5 June, followed by a response from Professor Sarah Street. About the Artists Mareike Bernien (Berlin) and Kerstin Schroedinger (London / Zurich) have been working in collaboration since 2006 in joint film, exhibition and text projects. In their work they seek to critically interrogate image production, and to produce and reproduce images as material of thought. Working in film, radio play, music and text with a historiographical practice, they questioning the means of production, historical continuities and ideological certainties of representation. They are interested in an experimental and critical approach to media formats, with an implicit entanglement of content and form.

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