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Amalgam

Werner Nekes
FRG 1976 / 72’

Painting techniques such as divisionism and, later, pointillism used spots of pure colour which mix on the eye retina to create complementary colours. Putting into practice Louis Delluc’s postulate that ‘film is painting with light’, The Amalgam is another step on Werner Nekes’ journey towards revealing the painting possibilities of the cinematic medium. In four short episodes, Knot, Net, Texture and Pattern, Nekes creates cinematic tableaux that have much in common with painting. He experiments with various film reels, technical and montage effects, all the while exploring the exclusively cinematic factor of movement. The first film is a construction of freeze-frames and slow motion that forces viewers to question whether the illusion of movement is generated by the shimmering points on the screen or the actual movement of the film reel. In Net and Texture, multiple exposures and loops of nude models give the images an abstract quality, drawing attention to the play of light. In the final film, the director returns to pointillism to fully reveal his conception of cinematic painting through a series of takes of various landscapes and figures that bring the viewer into contact with unfamiliar visual sensations.

Marta Miś

Werner Nekes

German avant-garde film producer and collector. Werner Nekes was born in 1944 in Erfurt and studied linguistics and psychology in Freiburg. He then went to Bonn in 1964 where he was a head of the University Film Club and later chairman of the FIAG. He developed friendships with film directors, sculptors and painters. These included Dore 0., his companion and collaborator since 1967. He began painting in 1965 with diverse materials and objects. He started his practice of film with 8mm and went on with 16mm. He decided to free the film from narration and psychology and organized his films according to temporal units and structural systems.

Filmography

1965 Tom Doyle i Eva Hesse / Tom Doyle und Eva Hesse / Tom Doyle and Eva Hesse (short)

1966 Falstart / Fehlstart / The False Start (short)

1966 Start / The Start (short)

1966 Przedmiot / Artikel / The Item (short)

1967 Łuk / Bogen / The Bow (short)

1967 Cięcia dla ABABA / Schnitte für ABABA / Cuts for ABABA (short)

1967 cip cip cip / put-putt / chick, chick, chick (short)

1967 jüm-jüm (short, co-dir.)

1967 Seminarium / Das Seminar / The Seminar (doc., co-dir.)

1967 gurtrug nr 1 / gurtrug Nr. 1 / gurtrug no. 1 (short)

1967 gurtrug nr 2 / gurtrug Nr. 2 / gurtrug no. 2 (short)

1967 Bo nikt nie wie o tym / Ach wie gut, daß niemand weiß / Oh, I Am Glad That Nobody Knew (short)

1967 C/iało / K/örper / B/ody (short)

1967 Filmy drapane, kąsane, naświetlane, dziurawione i łatane / Kratz-, Beiß-, Licht-, Loch- und Flickerfilme / Scratch, Bite, Light, Hole and Patch Movies

1967 Operacja / Operation / The Operation (short)

1968 vis-à-vis (short)

1968 Film grupowy / Gruppenfilm / The Group Movie (short)

1968 Zipzibbelip (short)

1968 Mamo, tam stoi mężczyzna / Mama, da steht ein Mann / Mama, There’s a Man Standing There (short)

1968 Walka Tarzana z gorylem / Tarzan’s Kampf mit dem Gorilla / Tarzan’s Fight with the Gorilla (short)

1968 Mucząca krowa / Muhkuh / The Moo-Cow (short)

1968 Kelek

1965–1969 Palimpsest

1969 Mgławica / Nebula

1970 Abbandono (short)

1971 Spacecut

1972 T-WO-MEN

1972 Z Altony / Aus Altona / From Altona (short)

1973 Arbatax (short)

1973 Otomana / Diwan / The Divan

1974 Makimono (short)

1975 Photophthalmia (short)

1976 Amalgamat / Amalgam

1976 Falun (short)

1977 Lagado

1978 Mirador

1978 Bei der Lichtbildnerin (short)

1979 Horly (short)

1979 Hurrycan

1979 Mała noc / Little Night (short)

1980 Peggy i inni lub gdzie są awangardowcy? / Peggy und die anderen oder Wer trägt die Avantgarde? / Peggy and the Others or Who Carries the Avant-Garde? (co-dir.)

1981 Beuys (short, co-dir.)

1980 Uliisses

1982 Nekes (doc., co-dir., short)

1982 Spojrzenie ze zgodnego więzienia / Blick aus dem harmonischen Gefängnis / A Look from the Harmonious Prison (short)

1983–1985 Optyczne abecadło / Optisches ABC / Optical ABC

1985 Johnny Flash

1986 Media Magica I – Film przed filmem / Media Magica I – Was geschah wirklich zwischen den Bildern? / Media Magica I – Film Before Film (doc.)

1988 Archeologia filmu / Vorgeschichte des Films / The Archeology of Film

1992 Mitchell Feigenbaum (short, co-dir.)

1993–1996 Światowy teatr cieni, I–IX / Schattentheater der Welt, I–IX / The Shadow Theatre of the World, I–IX (video, doc.)

1995 Anthony Moore – muzyk / Anthony Moore – Musician (video)

1995 Aus der Meistergilde der Schüttelreimer (video)

1996 Media Magica II – Co się kryje za obrazem / Media Magica II – Durchsehekunst / Media Magica II – Beyond the Image (doc.)

1996 Media Magica III – Ożywione obrazy / Media Magica III – Belebte Bilder / Media Magica III – Pictures Come to Life (doc.)

1996 Media Magica IV – Wielotysięczny seans filmowy / Media Magica IV – Vieltausendschau / Media Magica IV – Multi-Thousand Picture Show (doc.)

1996 Media Magica V – Obraz i przestrzeń / Media Magica V – Bild-Raum / Media Magica V – The Ambiguous Image and Space (doc.)

1996 Media Magica VI – Cudowny bębenek / Media Magica VI – Wundertrommel / Media Magica VI – The Magic Drum (doc.)

1997 Dzień malarza / Der Tag des Malers / The Day of the Painter

2004 Teatr cieni Richarda Bradshawa / Richard Bradshaw’s Shadowtheater / Richard Bradshaw’s Shadow Theatre

2008 Loplop (short)

Prepared by: Marta Miś

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director Werner Nekes
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cinematography Werner Nekes
editing Werner Nekes
music Anthony Moore
producer Werner Nekes
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