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Heinz Emigholz

Über den Regisseur

Heinz Emigholz is a filmmaker, writer, drawer and producer. The collaboration with Filmgalerie 451 started with his film THE HOLY BUNCH.

The works of Heinz Emigholz again and again explore the border areas between art and film. After his early experimental works had received international attention, Emigholz’s main work focuses on the ambience of architecture. In his films on the constructions of e. g. D’Annunzio, Goff, Maillard, Perret and Nervi the “most accurate observer of architecture”, how Variety has named him, dedicates himself to the origins, the fate, the triumph and end of architectural Modernism.
In the last few decades three feature films (STREETSCAPES [Dialogue], THE HOLY BUNCH, THE MEADOW OF THINGS) and 22 architectural films had been distributed by Filmgalerie 451 as well as the influential early work of Heinz Emigholz (THE FORMATIVE YEARS I and THE FORMATIVE YEARS II). For more details regarding formats and subtitles please visit the respective film page.

Biography

Born in 1948 near Bremen in Germany, Heinz Emigholz trained first as a draftsman before studying philosophy and literature in Hamburg. He began filmmaking in 1968 and has worked since 1973 as a filmmaker, artist, writer and producer in Germany and the USA. In 1974 he started his encyclopaedic drawing series “The Basis of Make-Up”. He looks back on numerous exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications. In 1984 he started his film series “Photography and beyond”. He had held a professorship in Experimental Filmmaking at the Universität der Künste Berlin 1993-2013, and co-founded the Institute for Time-based Media and the Art and Media program, there. In 2003 Filmgalerie 451 started an edition of all his films on DVD. Publications a.o.: Krieg der Augen, Kreuz der Sinne (War of Eyes, Cross of Senses), Seit Freud gesagt hat, der Künstler heile seine Neurose selbst, heilen die Künstler ihre Neurosen selbst (Since Freud Said That the Artist Heals His Neuroses Himself, Artists Have Been Healing Their Neuroses Themselves), Normalsatz – Siebzehn Filme (Ordinary Sentence – Seventeen Films) and Das schwarze Schamquadrat (The Black Sqare of Shame) (all four books were published at Verlag Martin Schmitz); “Die Basis des Make-Up (I) and (II)”, “Der Begnadete Meier”, “Kleine Enzyklopädie der Photographie” (Small Encyclopaedia of Photography) and “Die Basis des Make-Up (III)” (in Die Republik No. 68-71, 76-78, 89-91, 94-97 and 123-125); Sense of Architecture with more than 600 photographs. Heinz Emigholz is a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.

Statements

Heinz Emigholz on his film series “Photography and beyond”

“Photography and beyond” is a series of around 80 long and short films about art and design I started in 1983. Subject of the films are “projections” that become visible as writings, drawings, photography, architecture and sculpture. A reverse visual process is analyzed: seeing as expression, not as impression. The eye as the interface between the brain and the outside world, the gaze as a compositional force that projects an idea into the outside world or comprehends it by means of cinematography. From the writings, drawings, and studies of the works of various architects something indescribable is formed: an expression in film of the objectification of mental thought. It is “Design about design”. The question for me was: What kind of consciousness is generated by spaces and places themselves without an interfering dramatization? To be able to think about space we have to represent space, and in film we do that by setting up a media space between image and brain. Two-dimensional pictures arranged in science-fiction-like time structures and soundscapes that represent or contain pieces of reality. Since I began filmmaking 45 years ago  and for me filmmaking is synonymous with doing the camera work myself I was fascinated by framing: by construction and composing an image, within a given rectangle. I am not an architect and I have little knowledge of designing three-dimensional objects, but I see myself as a specialist being capable of transferring a three-dimensional situation onto a picture plane. My building materials are surfaces and decisions. Decisions about viewpoints and how to depict a certain time of the light, just a moment, a short span of time but that moment is “real”, will be contained, is becoming a piece of time that once was and can now be reproduced and witnessed during a projection. And then these constructed images made possible be an already constructed three-dimensional reality are piled up in a linear fashion in our brains in the acts of seeing and remembering, and thus film becomes an imaginary architecture in time. And one might be able to meditate then about, what architecture is, was and what it might be in the future. But to let that happen one has to separate words from images. Because what these images could tell you are essentially not words and sentences, but spaces and surfaces and their relationships, because these are the ingredients of the architectural experience. I do not illustrate a thought or a linear sentence because that would deprive the viewer from the experience of that special space transformed into an image and with space I mean a “mind” or “spirit” that moves. A space beyond gravity.

Filme im Programm der Filmgalerie 451

GER 2020, 100 min

The aftermath of the official thwarting of his work – Heinz Emigholzs latest work!

GER 2019, 93 min

Documentation on the recordings of Kreidlers LP “ABC” filmed at Kartuli Pilmis Studia Tbilisi and in the streets of Tbilisi, Georgia.

GER 2019, 93 min

The Grundtvigs Church (1913-1940) in Copenhagen, designed by Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint and built by six master bricklayer and their assistants in the period of 27 years, and the ...

GER 2019, 93 min

The renovation, demolition and reconstruction of different parts of the Kunsthalle Mannheim between 2013 and 2018. The before and the after are brought together in 93 minutes, allowing their...

GER/ISR 2017, 92 min

22 buildings by the Kibbutz architect Samuel Bickels, filmed in Israel in 2015. As prologue, the Casa do Povo in São Paulo, as appendix, The Story of Vio Nova – accompanied by...

GER 2017, 95 min

A cinematic documentation of 29 buildings by the Uruguayan architect and shell-construction master Eladio Dieste (1917-2000). As prologue, three buildings by Julio Vilamajó in Montevideo. As...

GER 2017, 132 min

There are streets, paths, motorways, alleys, boulevards and promenades. And there are life paths, intersections and dead ends.

GER/DEN 2015, 29 min

Two buildings and the ideologies of their creators in confrontation.

GER 2014, 108 min

An architectural journey from Berlin back to Berlin – into the abyss.

GER 2013, 18 min

A study of two museums: The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, and its predecessor, the Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel.

GER 2012, 100 min

PARABETON presents 17 in Italy and France extant buildings by Italian master-builder Pier Luigi Nervi and ten examples of Ancient Roman architecture made of Opus caementitium.

GER 2012, 110 min

30 buildings and architectural ensembles of the French architects and construction engineers Auguste and Gustave Perret.

GER 1986-2010, 152 min

MISCELLANEA includes seven films by Heinz Emigholz. It is the name Heinz Emigholz gave to films that have forced themselves upon him wanting to be made during the course of his work on other films...

GER/A 2009, 168 min

The description of a lifeline through architecture.

A 2008, 72 min

27 still-existing buildings and interiors by Austrian architect and pioneer of European Modernist architecture Adolf Loos in order of their construction. 

A 2007, 99 min

40 buildings by the Austro-American architect Rudolph Schindler from the years 1931 to 1952. Schindler’s pioneering work in Southern California is the cornerstone of a branch of modern...

GER 2005, 52 min

15 rooms of the Villa Cargnacco in Gardone on Lake Garda, where Gabriele D’Annunzio moved in 1921 and lived until his death. The villa is part of the Vittoriale, a museum-like...

GER 2003, 110 min

Heinz Emigholz’ congenial approach to Bruce Goff’s works.

GER 2001, 24 min

14 works of the swiss artist, civil engineer and legendary bridge builder Robert Maillart designed between 1910 and 1935. Maillart revolutionized with his functional reduction of material the work...

GER 1993-2000, 38 min

Eight buildings designed and furnished by famous architect Louis H.Sullivan at the end of his career.

GER 1991, 89 min

The death of a friend provokes a goup of artists to take a serious look at their own survival. THE HOLY BUNCH examines the manifold relationships between the edificies of a monumental architecture...

GER 1988, 88 min

The Chronicle of a farewell.

GER 1984, 84 min

Open voyeurism dominates the scene. Wherever one has the chance, people work themselfes into the ground through feelings and drive the wedges of love in their flesh. A only wants B, but B loves C...

GER 1974-83/ 1995-2000/ 1986-2004, 94 min

The films THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP (I-III) are the starting point of over 30 film works of the series “Photography and beyond”, which also includes the subgroup “Architecture as Autobiography”. Shown...

GER 1972-75, 142 min

The project THE FORMATIVE YEARS makes visible and accessible seven early experimental works by Heinz Emigholz, which provided a crucial impetus for the international experimental film movement of...

GER 1975-77, 56 min

The project THE FORMATIVE YEARS makes visible and accessible seven early experimental works by Heinz Emigholz, which provided a crucial impetus for the international experimental film movement of...

Filme im Programm der Filmgalerie 451

GER 2020, 100 min

The aftermath of the official thwarting of his work – Heinz Emigholzs latest work!

GER 2019, 93 min

Documentation on the recordings of Kreidlers LP “ABC” filmed at Kartuli Pilmis Studia Tbilisi and in the streets of Tbilisi, Georgia.

GER 2019, 93 min

The Grundtvigs Church (1913-1940) in Copenhagen, designed by Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint and built by six master bricklayer and their assistants in the period of 27 years, and the ...

GER 2019, 93 min

The renovation, demolition and reconstruction of different parts of the Kunsthalle Mannheim between 2013 and 2018. The before and the after are brought together in 93 minutes, allowing their...

GER/ISR 2017, 92 min

22 buildings by the Kibbutz architect Samuel Bickels, filmed in Israel in 2015. As prologue, the Casa do Povo in São Paulo, as appendix, The Story of Vio Nova – accompanied by...

GER 2017, 95 min

A cinematic documentation of 29 buildings by the Uruguayan architect and shell-construction master Eladio Dieste (1917-2000). As prologue, three buildings by Julio Vilamajó in Montevideo. As...

GER 2017, 132 min

There are streets, paths, motorways, alleys, boulevards and promenades. And there are life paths, intersections and dead ends.

GER/DEN 2015, 29 min

Two buildings and the ideologies of their creators in confrontation.

GER 2014, 108 min

An architectural journey from Berlin back to Berlin – into the abyss.

GER 2013, 18 min

A study of two museums: The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, and its predecessor, the Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel.

GER 2012, 100 min

PARABETON presents 17 in Italy and France extant buildings by Italian master-builder Pier Luigi Nervi and ten examples of Ancient Roman architecture made of Opus caementitium.

GER 2012, 110 min

30 buildings and architectural ensembles of the French architects and construction engineers Auguste and Gustave Perret.

GER 1986-2010, 152 min

MISCELLANEA includes seven films by Heinz Emigholz. It is the name Heinz Emigholz gave to films that have forced themselves upon him wanting to be made during the course of his work on other films...

GER/A 2009, 168 min

The description of a lifeline through architecture.

A 2008, 72 min

27 still-existing buildings and interiors by Austrian architect and pioneer of European Modernist architecture Adolf Loos in order of their construction. 

A 2007, 99 min

40 buildings by the Austro-American architect Rudolph Schindler from the years 1931 to 1952. Schindler’s pioneering work in Southern California is the cornerstone of a branch of modern...

GER 2005, 52 min

15 rooms of the Villa Cargnacco in Gardone on Lake Garda, where Gabriele D’Annunzio moved in 1921 and lived until his death. The villa is part of the Vittoriale, a museum-like...

GER 2003, 110 min

Heinz Emigholz’ congenial approach to Bruce Goff’s works.

GER 2001, 24 min

14 works of the swiss artist, civil engineer and legendary bridge builder Robert Maillart designed between 1910 and 1935. Maillart revolutionized with his functional reduction of material the work...

GER 1993-2000, 38 min

Eight buildings designed and furnished by famous architect Louis H.Sullivan at the end of his career.

GER 1991, 89 min

The death of a friend provokes a goup of artists to take a serious look at their own survival. THE HOLY BUNCH examines the manifold relationships between the edificies of a monumental architecture...

GER 1988, 88 min

The Chronicle of a farewell.

GER 1984, 84 min

Open voyeurism dominates the scene. Wherever one has the chance, people work themselfes into the ground through feelings and drive the wedges of love in their flesh. A only wants B, but B loves C...

GER 1974-83/ 1995-2000/ 1986-2004, 94 min

The films THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP (I-III) are the starting point of over 30 film works of the series “Photography and beyond”, which also includes the subgroup “Architecture as Autobiography”. Shown...

GER 1972-75, 142 min

The project THE FORMATIVE YEARS makes visible and accessible seven early experimental works by Heinz Emigholz, which provided a crucial impetus for the international experimental film movement of...

GER 1975-77, 56 min

The project THE FORMATIVE YEARS makes visible and accessible seven early experimental works by Heinz Emigholz, which provided a crucial impetus for the international experimental film movement of...