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Sophie Hamacher

 

 

Isolarium - 2009 - Sophie Hamacher

format: DV
duration: 9 minutes
Images: (stills) Courtesy of the artist

 

 

Isolarium is a film that examines the interplay between disease and community and the isolation of the individual. The central motive is the surgical mask worn by groups of people arranged in unnatural and non-interactive still poses. 16mm and video are used interchangeably; the video ‘documents’ the filming and reveals a behind-the-scenes aspect which creates a corollary stripping of visual masks. 





 

Let Him Eat Bread - 2008 - Sophie Hamacher

format: DV
duration: 12 minutes

Combining visual memories, which are detached from their own “reality”, the film Let him eat Bread extends the genre of documentary to question its own impossibility. Examining the tasks of framing as an act of transmission and connection, the film merges footage from Al Jazeera, clippings from different radio interviews, and quotes from diverse texts. The title of the film Let him eat Bread, taken from a New York Times article about noise pollution in the city of Cairo, refers to a metaphorical Arabic phrase which ultimately remains untranslatable, remaining foreign in itself. It revolves around the association, acceleration, compression, and prolongation of film-time as well as the manipulation and accentuation of the picture frame.

Let Him Eat Bread - 2008 - Sophie Hamacher
(stills) Courtesy of the artist
   





   


Self Portrait - 2009 - Sophie Hamacher

format: DV
duration: 9 minutes

A multi-faceted experimental montage using found footage, 16mm film, crumpled and scanned newspaper images, the computer camera, various texts and several cut up audio books.

 


   

Self Portrait - 2009 - Sophie Hamacher
(stills) Courtesy of the artist



   

Sophie Hamacher, an artist and filmmaker from Berlin, works primarily with collage, reconfiguring media images by using documents and reclaiming them from their mere informative quality. She has written extensively on the relationship between art and document, and the unconscious or conscious witnessing of historical events through photography and film. She has directed, and written a collaborative film in Tehran, has co-curated the exhibition Überleben (2007) and is currently working on a documentary film about a teacher and social activist, and his decisions to either live within the law, or have a sound basis for civil disobedience. Her films have been shown in international video festivals and symposia in Cairo, London, Berlin and New York.

www.directingdissent.com