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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

Born in 1967 in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany. Lives and works in Stockholm since 2006.

In his early twenties Wolfgang Lehmann started writing film critiques and began working for the film club at the municipal cinema in Freiburg, a position he held until 2005. As member of the board and later as executive chairman, he developed and organized several retrospectives and programmes. He focused on presenting works of the film- and video avant-garde from its historical beginning until today.

His first cinematic efforts were made in 1989. Since 1994 Wolfgang Lehmann has realized and produced his own films, and has received invitations for showings at festivals and museums in Europe, Japan, People’s Republic of China including Hong Kong, South Korea, India, Bangladesh, Israel, Canada, USA, Argentina, Brazilian, Peru, Ecuador, Columbian and New Zealand. Retrospectives were shown in Berlin, Frankfurt/Main, Granada and Cagliari (Sardinia).