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German filmmaker Jürgen Reble focuses on exploring the film material through bacterial processes, weathering and chemical treatment during and after development. ‘Rumpelstilchen’ and ‘Passion’ were Reble’s first solo works, hand-developed films about creation, evolution and destruction, about nature and natural science. ‘Passion’ is a film dairy in which daily events are related to archaic and evolutionary images. The chemical decomposition of the film emulsion blurs the borders between the microcosmic world of the embryo and macrocosmic elements. It leads to an alchemical quest for filmic expression based on the exploration of film’s physical material qualities. Sound segments and melody fragments combined with rhythmical pulsating, droning and hissing of natural events create a dramatic tension between image, sound and chemistry.

Jürgen Reble was a member of the German filmmaking group Schmelzdahin until their break-up in 1989. During their ten years together, Schmelzdahin focused on exploring the film material through bacterial processes, weathering and chemical treatment during and after development.

‘Rumpelstilchen’ and ‘Passion’ were Reble’s first solo works, hand-developed films about creation, evolution and destruction, about nature and natural science.

The filmwork of Jürgen Reble was introduced to a musical audience because of his close collaboration with the soundartist Thomas Köner, who composed the soundtracks to his latest films ‘The Golden Gate’ and ‘Instable Materials’. Also, Köner and Reble regularly perform their film and sound projection ‘Alchemy’, in which Jürgen Reble is developing and decomposing his film loops ‘live’, using chemicals, acids and silver-replacing agents while Thomas Köner is using the sounds of the projector and the hissing of the chemicals burning into the filmmaterial as the source for his isolationist sound sculptures.

Rumpelstilchen: “The conversion of basic elements into gold.” Yann Beauvais

‘Passion’ is a film dairy in which daily events are related to archaic and evolutionary images. The chemical decomposition of the film emulsion blurs the borders between the microcosmic world of the embryo and macrocosmic elements. It leads to an alchemical quest for filmic expression based on the exploration of film’s physical material qualities. Sound segments and melody fragments combined with rhythmical pulsating, droning and hissing of natural events create a dramatic tension between image, sound and chemistry.

‘Passion’ is a personal film-journey in which Reble accompanies his unborn child in a filmdiary, following the seasons until his birth. Reble’s unfamiliar chemistry generates slowly pulsating structures and colors. Micro- and macroscopic imagery build a near-abstract, hypnotic  landscape – an intimate perception of creation.

‘The basic idea is that it is impossible to fix film. Film is something which is always in a state of flux … The images, ‘real’ in the beginning, gradually disintegrate and the gelatine layer, where the chemicals are embedded, dissolves. All that’s left in the end is the ‘raging of the elements’.’

- Jürgen Reble