In May 2012, the University of Oxford organized an exhibition featuring twenty polychromatic abstract paintings by Daniel Eltinger. With the support of the Allianz Kulturstiftung, a competition among filmmakers was run to produce a short documentary about Eltinger’s technique of “inversive painting”. The jury selected filmmaker Benjamin Kahlmeyer’s innovative proposal. Kahlmeyer visited Eltinger in his studio and observed how he created an artwork between dusk and dawn. The resulting 7-minute documentary “Daniel Eltinger: A Proclamation” offers a sensitive and intimate portrait of the artist. Interweaving Eltinger’s voice recordings with surreal musical sequences and imagery of his richly coloured compositions, the film yields fascinating insights into his technique and philosophy of art. The combination of Kahlmeyer’s direction and John Gürtler’s music has led to a compelling account of Eltinger and his approach to painting.
- Robin Markwica
Art Representative, University of Oxford