Berlin (10 Nov. 1974 – 28 Jan. 1975) – Exercises in nine parts: Dreaming under water of things afar
Federal Republic of Germany 1974–75, 16mm transferred to video, colour, sound, 42 min
Unlike her previous compilations of filmed performances featuring her ‘body sculptures’, these nine pieces are a self-contained series of performance sequences. They were conceived expressly for a room the artist had rented in Berlin for the purpose of making of this film. The film describes the intense relationship between the artist, her sculptures and the space they inhabit. Berlin Exercises can be seen both as Rebecca Horn’s first large-scale installation and as her first true film.
Federal Republic of Germany 1975, 16mm transferred to video, colour, sound, 20 min
In her first step towards narrative filmmaking, Horn narrates a letter written to a far-away lover. Her voice appears over footage of her early mechanised sculpture Paradise Widow, a cocoon of black feathers slowly hiding and revealing her naked body. Both threatening and protective, Paradise Widow embodies the paradoxical feelings of dysfunctional love, and focuses once again on a single, slightly oppressive interior.
The Gigolo (Der Eintänzer)
Federal Republic of Germany 1978, 16mm transferred to video, colour, sound, 47 min
The protagonist of The Gigolo is Horn’s own studio, a New York apartment rented out for the summer to a ballet school. The film is a fantasy of what happened in her absence, narrated as a sequence of vignettes. A blind man arrives asking for tango lessons, followed by twins who turn up and insist on staying there, initiating an odd friendship with Max, who refuses to leave his miniature piano unattended. The storylines cross each other, turning increasingly strange and ending with a sudden and unexpected twist.
Programme duration: 109 min