Hamburg-based artist Romeo Grünfelder’s
newest project, a short film
on the conflicts between science and parascience, describes
psychophysical experiment to measure and render as force the
emotions displayed during a football match in a Cologne stadium.
experiment fails, and in a hallucinatory encounter with Maxwell’s
demon, the character wheeled out whenever an experiment’s
inexplicable, the scientist’s time–space fall
apart. Visually this almost
becomes a representation of the orgiastic masses in the stadium,
a very different result to the experiment. So far only the
storyboard for the
film, titled Planspiel (Simulation Game), exists, although
it has also been
rendered as a comic.
Grünfelder’s interest is in the paranormal and
the quaint, but even
more so in the improbable storytelling associated with it.
you make a filmic treatment of the paranormal? What information
constitutes a storyline? What has to be said, and what can
be left out?
How cinematographic does film have to be? What is linearity?
these questions in an earlier project titled Rallye (2004),
the artist films
a black-and-white country road from inside a car travelling
at high speed.
Later the camera finds a black Porsche standing in a garage,
back under its bonnet, as though the film has been reversed;
the car’s radio is the report of a driver’s death
in a street rally. Nothing is
actually seen. Surely the report concerns a different road,
a different car
– a demolished one at that – and still this film
strings together images of
a specific car crash that the viewer almost believes he has
film purports to be a Super 8 fragment by the late American
filmmaker Jack Goldstein. At first [desi’re:] (2004)
shows some roses
on a cliff, then picks up a woman down at the beach as she
walks into the
water, begins to swims and suddenly disappears. The camera
lingers on the
water, but she never resurfaces, and we assume that she has
voiceover is analytical about the material, the subjects,
the connections to
Goldstein, and totally unemotional when it comes to the disappearance
of the woman, as if her story was just the surface of the
without depth or content. And of course, it is just film,
and thus the medium
of make-believe, the fragment as such not real, the woman
an actress who
did not die...