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Traces of Garden
Wolfgang Lehmann

Traces of Garden is a poetic relationship about colour, shapes, and movement. The pictures are based on recorded material with water, trees, landscapes, and a love scene. The images’ aesthetic is a kind of digital neo-impressionisms. A key area is, in fact, the time, the viewer’s presence in the visual flow. It is a kind of philosophical time that the visitors are invited to join, to disappear in time and space.

Structurally the work is based on repetitions, variations, and metamorphoses of the image material – everything repeats itself, and at the same time, it is never identical.

The film tells no story in a narrative sense. The original material was recorded partly documentary and partly staged (16mm an digital) and then superimposed, copied, filmed again and superimposed again until decomposition and image layers were formed.The goal was a fusion and to create new compositions of the individual image recordings. Some of the pictures are still recognizable, other purely abstract.

Traces of Garden is basically a work that gives the spectator the responsibility for the sensory perception, what she/he makes of it; it requires an active audience, knowing that everyone in the audience are individuals and have different experiences, everyone brings their own subjectivity.

Keywords Nature
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format 16mm & Generic HD-video
Duration 01:11:18
Color Color
Year 2016
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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.