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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

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).