"The fundamental stories that images tell us are not composed of words and sentences, but of spaces, surfaces, and the relationship between them. Those are the components of architectural experience."
(Heinz Emigholz on Architecture and Film)
Trailer "Years of Construction [2013 - 2018]" Film by Heinz Emigholz
Heinz Emigholz: Drawings from the series DIE BASIS DES MAKE-UP, 1974-2019, www.pym.de* © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2019
Born in 1948 near Bremen in Germany, Heinz Emigholz trained first as a draftsman before
studying philosophy and literature in Hamburg. He began filmmaking in 1968 and has
worked since 1973 as a filmmaker, artist, writer and producer in Germany and the USA. In
1974 he started his encyclopaedic drawing series The Basis of Make-Up. He looks back on
numerous exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications. In 1984 he started his film
series Photography and beyond. He had held a professorship in Experimental Filmmaking at
the Universität der Künste Berlin 1993-2013, and co-founded the Institute for Time-based
Media and the Art and Media program, there. In 2003 Filmgalerie 451 started an edition of
all his films on DVD. Heinz Emigholz is a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.
My work as a filmmaker involves presenting a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface, which means deconstructing it into filmic perspectives and reconstructing it to create a complete work. From this perspective, manipulating the camera is an architectural act. It leads one to meditate on what architecture is, was, or could be. But to let that happen, the images must be separated from the words. This is because the fundamental stories that images tell us are not composed of words and sentences, but of spaces, surfaces, and the relationship between them. Those are the components of architectural experience.