Secret Machine, Germany 2009
HD video transferred from 16mm and photo-stills
single-channel 14min or 2-channel installation 7min
Secret Machine is the second of the Secrets Trilogy; a cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that frame life and is preceded by Secret Life (2008) and followed by Six Easy Pieces (2010)
In Secret Machine a woman is subjected to Muybridge’s motion studies. She is treated in the same fashion as in the original Muybridge photography: with Greek aesthetic in a Cartesian grid. A short time after Mybridge’s studies, Duchamp painted Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912) attempting to show time on a flat surface. He is expanding cubism and painting into another dimension: time. Time is about movement and change, like our experience of reality. Without change life does not exist. Photography does not capture this experience. In Secret Machine different filming techniques are compared to the motion of the body. The film camera becomes another measurement tool in a way a video camera cannot. The intention was to make an art piece from the point of view of a machine, specifically a camera.
Protagonist Helga Wretman
Antagonist Ana Bellido
Stand in for Antagonist Nana Bahlmann
Cinematography by Carlos Vasquez
Art Direction, Production Design: Maria Schöpe
Motion Programming: Daniel Urria
Assistant to Carlos Vasquez: Juan Manuel Ortiz
Set Construction: Thomas Maurer
Driver: Daniele Fermani
Drawings: Clement Page
Intern: Dylan Walsh
Intern: Laura Speicher
Math and Philosophy Consultant: Erik Douglas
Director Visual Effects: Carlos Vasquez
Music, Additional Foley: Hannes Strobl
Film to Video Transfer: Philipp Orgassa at "PICTORION Das Werk"
Special Thanks to
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