ANOIR AND THE WOMAN IN THE GARDEN
ciné collage, sound, colour and BW, 9:47min, 2017
The film work deals with the disparate mechanism of men and women in today’s society and is related to the results of the theories from psychoanalyst Arno Gruen, who examined the cause of evil in human beings, the betrayal of the self, the fear of autonomy in men and women, the question of guilt and his proposed remedy to this problem.
Love or power -- these are the opposing poles of a choice every child is compelled to make, very early in life, in a drama that has a deep and lasting influence on the person's path through life. (Arno Gruen: The Betrayal of the Self: The Fear of Autonomy in Men and Women)
In his theories Arno Gruen maps out the process by which a striving for power and a power-oriented world with its stoic values of "strength" and "invulnerability” leads onto a path of dehumanization, which pervades our society. Thus, human destructiveness and evil are not innate, but develop in a complex process of growth, marked by the failure to attain autonomy and the loss of humanity. Arno Gruen defines autonomy as that state of integration in which the human beings live in full harmony with their feelings and needs.
The ciné collage
Patricia Reinhart invented a special technique, entitled ciné collage, more than 10 years ago, which gives her the possibility of showing a completely malleable breath-taking world that doesn’t really exist. It is a montage, a collage, with thousands of layers, small parts from photos or videos that are arranged and animated together, based on the principle of the stop motion technique, but further elaborated.