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Light Reading series 10
Helga Fanderl

Wednesday 26 May 2010, 7pm Tickets £5/ £4 prebooked (£3 members and students)
£5/ £4 prebooked (£3 members and students
contact james.holcombe[at]no-w-here.org.uk

Filmmaker and writer Nicky Hamlyn will be in conversation with Helga Fanderl, who will show a programme of Super 8 films in which various kinds of motion; mechanical, human and natural, as well as hybrids of these, prompt a variety of approaches, which reflect the precise interaction between pro-filmic movement and camera strategy typical of all her films.

This screening is part of a 3 screening mini retrospective 'Instances of Serendipity' in collaboration with the Goethe Institute. Further information on other screenings in this series can be found at:



Helga Fanderl is one of a small number of filmmakers who continues to make serious formal innovations with Super 8. She was introduced to film in the mid 1980s and subsequently studied with Peter Kubelka and Robert Breer. Since the mid 1980s she has completed over six hundred short films. Most of them consist of a single roll of Super 8, lasting around three minutes, but many are shorter, and some but a single shot of a few seconds duration. Uniquely, all the films are edited in-camera. Helga Fanderl’s work is characterised by a fascination with grids, meshes and layers and the complex optical interplay between them. Her films arise from intense observation and a honed improvisatory approach that depends on rapid reactions and spilt second timing.

"I am interested in communicating with the subject through the camera, condensing and giving form to what I perceive and also what I think and feel while I am filming. The camera is hand-held. One feels my presence behind. The process of transforming my perception of real world and real time into cinematic expression is complex. I feel enthusiastic about making a film while I am filming. In one gesture, as it were. That is a risk. Thus a film always reflects the process of its own creation. Making films means making time, or shaping time. What inspires me has often to do with patterns of movements. I pick up found rhythms, follow and play with them. When I film I am looking at things with greater care, and they seem to look back. That allows to experience them as if they were new and if they had no predefined signification, what in turn frees the perception from preset expectations. The lightweight and handy Super 8 camera is a fine instrument to catch the moment and to elaborate cinematic languages consistent with the ephemeral."


Born in Ingolstadt in 1947. Studied German, Romance Languages and Literature in Munich, Paris and Frankfurt/Main (1967-1973). Studied at the Art School, “Städelschule”, in Frankfurt/Main (1987-1992) and at Cooper Union in New York City (1992-1993). Since 1990 her work is represented in film museums, museums of modern and contemporary art, exhibition spaces, galleries, art house cinemas, and other locations she has selected: Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main.; Arsenal, Berlin; Portikus, Frankfurt/Main.; Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Basel; Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Wien; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main.; Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine, Genf; Musée d’Art Moderne, Strasbourg; Kunsthalle Bielefeld; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main.; Ausstellungsraum Konstantin Adamopoulos, Frankfurt/Main.; Galerie König and Johanneskirche, Hanau; Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris; Xenix, Zürich; Filmpodium, Zürich; Kino im Kunstmuseum, Bern; L’Entrepôt, Paris; Centre Bruxelles-Wallonie, Paris; Babylon Mitte, Berlin; Cineteca di Bologna; Mal Seh’n Kino, Frankfurt/Main.; Stadtkino Basel; Forum des images, Paris; Studio Galande, Paris; Goethe House, New York; The New York Public Library, New York; Theater in der Garage, Erlangen; Theater am Turm (TAT), Frankfurt/Main.; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris.

You can find her films in the following collections: Hans Bodenmann, Basel; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main; Auditorium du Louvre, Paris. Awards and scholarships: 1992 Coutts Contemporary Art Award, 1998 German Film Critique’s Award / category experimental film, 1999-2000 Scholarship Hessische Kulturstiftung in Paris; 2000 Hessischer Kulturpreis

Helga Fanderl lives and works in Frankfurt/Main and Paris.


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