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Secret Machine - 2009 - Reynold Reynolds
format: Two channel video projection, transferred from 16 mm and stills
duration: 7 min
Image: Courtesy of the artist

In Secret Machine a woman is subjected to Muybridge’s motion studies. She is treated in the same fashion as in the original Muybridge photography: with Greek aesthetic in a Cartesian grid. Time is about movement and change, like our experience of reality. Without change life does not exist. Photography does not capture this experience. In Secret Machine the artist compares different filming techniques to the motion of the body. The film camera becomes another measurement tool in a way a video camera cannot. The artist’s intention was to make an art piece from the point of view of a machine, specifically a camera..




 

Letzter Tag der Republik (Last Day of the Republic)

Documentary directed by Reynold Reynolds - 2010

format: two channel HD video projection, transferred from 16mm

Built on the site of the Imperial Palace in East Berlin, the Palast der Republik was erected by the Soviets in 1976 as a direct expression of their power. The unique modern building was home to not just the East German Parliament but also auditoriums, art galleries, five restaurants, concert halls, and even a bowling alley. The building's dazzling public lobby was then the centre of social life in East Berlin with thousands of sparkling lamps filling the open space of the lobby's grand staircase. Many Berliners recall attending a play in one of the theaters, dancing the night away in the underground disco or being married. Later, thousands of citizens demonstrated against the planned demolition and hoped the building would be protected against historical censorship, but alas, one day, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, the Palace completely disappeared.

Letzter Tag der Republik documents the demolition of the Palast der Republik (Palace of the Republic).

 


 

Letzter Tag der Republik (Last Day of the Republic) - 2010
Directed by Reynold Reynolds
Cinematography by Carlos Vasquez
With a poem by Gerhard Falkner
Composer Giuseppe Iacono





   


Burn - Reynold Reynolds (with Patrick Jolley) - 2002
format: video transferred from 16mm
duration: 10 min
Images: Courtesy of the artist
 

 

In Burn a house is on fire in the inside while its occupants focus on the emotional issues of their lives. The inhabitants serve life sentences with no remission in an architecture of insecurity - while impending disaster is ignored.

   



Reynold Reynolds was born in 1966 in Central Alaska. During his undergraduate schooling at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Reynolds studied Physics receiving a Bachelor’s degree under the professorship of Carl Wieman (Physics Nobel Laureate 2001). Changing his focus to studio art he remained two more years in Boulder to study under experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. After moving to New York City Reynolds completed an M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts. In 2003 Reynold Reynolds was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and in 2004 invited to The American Academy in Berlin with a studio at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien for one year. In 2008 he received support from the German Kunstfonds to develop two projects in Berlin. Reynolds has received numerous awards for his film work, including the ‘09 Distinction Award for “Six Apartments” at Transmediale Berlin and the Festival Award for “Secret Life” at the European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck, 2008 and the First Prize - Jury’s Choice at the Black Maria Film Fest. 2009.

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