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Trollsländor med fåglar och orm
Wolfgang Lehmann

Trollsländor med fåglar och orm is not a documentation, it is a meditation – a purely visual space of vibrant images, a journey into a world in which we have never had a chance to “enter.” The title says it all; the work is an imaginative world of dragonflies combined with birds, as well as toads and snakes. The theme is the eternal cycle of life, birth, sex and death. The structure of the film images is continual chance.

The durational aspect and the viewer’s perception of the images is essential to the film. In general, there are three different images that are combined in a strict rhythm. The images you see are caused by the inertia of the eye. From time to time there are shifts in addition to the combination of up to six different images.

Trollsländor med fåglar och orm is a composition of images and contains several frames of 16 mm film. Some images are self-recorded; others are taken from scientific film material and combined in a collage-like manner. Trollsländor med fåglar och orm examines the mysterious grey zone of image and imagination.

The film has no text, no sound – it is visual!

Underpinning the editing of the film are notions of mosaics and repetitive music – that is, by constant repetition and change. The images therein are never actually repeated. Indeed, these “picture patterns” are continually changing. Basically, a fantasy world of the realm of Entomology emerges, one supplemented with a hint of Ornithology (insect and bird watching).The 16mm film stripes were transferred to a conventional editing table; tape and dirt are visible and part of the aesthetic image. Around 30 000 cuts.

English title Dragonflies with birds and snakes
Keywords Nature, Animal
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format 16mm
Duration 01:00:11
Language No dialogue
Color Color+bw
Sound Silent
Year 2012
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About the artist

Wolfgang Lehmann

Wolfgang Lehmann was born on June 12, 1967, in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and lived and worked in Sweden since 2006.

Master of Arts, Stockholm University – main field of study: History of Ideas – supplemented with studies of theoretical philosophy, intersectionality and art history/visual studies.
He works as an artist in the field of the poetic non-narrative film and video art.
His first cinematic efforts were made in 1989. Since 1994 Wolfgang Lehmann has realized and produced his own films and installations, many of which were invited for showings at festivals and museums in many countries worldwide.

In his works, he makes transformations and transfers of documentary staged pictures or found footage images into more or less abstract works. To accomplish the translation from one reality to another, he mixes the media: analog 16 mm film with digital material. The final result image is a result of overlays of material that has been repeatedly filmed and re-copied.