1. Secret Life, Germany 2008
    HD video transferred from 16mm and photo-stills
    2 channel HD projection 5 min.

    Reynold Reynolds

    Secret Life is the first of the Secrets Trilogy; a cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that frame life and is followed by Secret Machine (2009) and Six Easy Pieces (2010)

    Secret Life portrays a woman trapped in an apartment with a life of its own. Transcending the narrative horizons of human desire, the film visits upon us a glimpse of a shared and sacred reality. A work that defies the ultimate metaphysical taboos of temporality by combining novel technique with intrepid philosophical vision; and daring to present that which is seldom, if ever, portrayed in any artistic medium.
    Impossibilities are made possible through Reynolds’ signature aesthetic, a lens that can fill one with reverence for the mundane.
    Have you ever wondered what time sees, experiences? Without mortal assumptions about time, the occupant of the apartment is no longer limited even to unique location, but here, seen through the eye of time, space itself is now become alive. Without the context of space and time, the woman’s mind collapses and neglects the organization of her experience, leaving her only with sensations. The viewer may ask: Is it her mind or is it time itself that creates the uncontrolled and uncontrollable environment? The work suggests that all living things are endowed with consciousness, meaning all living things have awareness. While the space increases in its activity, the woman becomes an ever more passive element in her world. She moves at a mechanical speed and her mind is like a clock whose hands pin the events of her life to the tapestry of time, all the while, the truth is transcendentally reflected in the mechanical eye of the camera. Her thoughts escape her and come to life, growing like the plants that inhabit the space around her: living, searching, feeling, breathing and dying.


    Woman- Helga Wretman

    Cinematography- Carlos Vasquez

    Produced by Anamarie Michnevich
    Production Design: Daniele Fermani
    Art Department: Michelle Letelier
    Set Construction: Thomas Maurer, Charles Green

    Director Visual Effects: Carlos Vasquez
    Additional Cinematography: Daniele Fermani
    Music: Hannes Strobl

    Film to Video Transfer: Philipp Orgassa at "PICTORION WERKSTATT"

    Special Thanks to
    Saskia Draxler
    Hermann Nöring
    Gabriel Soucheyre
    Lies Declerck
    Friederike Oberlin
    Stuart Isto

    For Jane Williams

    Produced in cooperation with:

    European Media Art Festival
    49074 Osnabrück / Germany

    63002 Clermont Ferrand, Cedex 1 / France

    B.2800 Mechelen / Belgium

    # vimeo.com/8716852 Uploaded 59K Plays 16 Comments
  2. Secret Machine, Germany 2009
    HD video transferred from 16mm and photo-stills
    2-channel installation 7min

    Reynold Reynolds

    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
    Anamarie Michnevich
    Jozefina Chetko
    Yuki Jungesblut
    Beate Kunst
    Catherine Nichols
    Rotraut Buß
    Friederike Oberlin

    # vimeo.com/8600304 Uploaded 245K Plays 49 Comments
  3. Six Easy Pieces, Germany 2010
    HD video transferred from 16mm and photo-stills
    2 channel installation 7 min

    Reynold Reynolds

    Six Easy Pieces is the last part of the Secrets Trilogy; a three-part cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that frame life and is preceded by Secret Life, 2008 and Secret Machine, 2009.

    The work is based on the book
    “Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of physics explained by its most brilliant teacher”.
    by Richard P. Feynman

    "Film is the Seventh Art, a superb conciliation of the Rhythms of Space (the Plastic Arts) and the Rhythms of Time (music, poetry and dance), a synthesis of the ancient arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry and dance." -Ricciotto Canudo


    Produced by- Saskia Lutter, Pierre Düsing

    Cinematography by- Carlos Vasquez

    Production manager - Julia Mari Bernaus
    Director Assistant - Moritz Uebele
    Art director - Merle Vorwald
    Lighting and additional cinematography - Ben Mergelsberg
    Costume designer - Janne Kummer
    Assistants art director - Max Krutz, Susanne Steckel, Henrieke Naumann
    Interns - Isa Saðlam, Rebecca Gomes-Ferenczi, Ewa Kniaziak Gazeta

    Sound director and design - Martin Backes (Aconica)
    Music- Peer Neumann, Martin Backes, Didio Pestana
    Foley- Martin Backes

    Arduino programming - Rodrigo Frenk, Michael van Rosmalen
    Documentation - Robin Thomson

    Helga Wretman, Juliette Bonneviot, Francesca Pellanda, Sanela Hasanovic,
    Pirnes Steante, Ana Bellido, Dave Krepfle, Agnes Lindström Bolmgren,
    Charlotte Miller, Jo Siska, Stephan Rumphorst

    produced in cooperation with Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania, Australia, Impakt - Utrecht - The Netherlands, and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany

    # vimeo.com/25653921 Uploaded 898K Plays 48 Comments

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