18 Jul 2014


Katja Pratschke / Gusztáv Hámos
Cinema Think

Since 1999, Katja Pratschke and Gusztáv Hámos have been working with still images in a cinematographic context in exhibition spaces and the cinema. They explore the relationship of the still image and movement, the difference between the non-moving image in photography and the moving image in the cinema. With their books, installations and artistic films, they investigate how human cognition is changed by cinematography and which consequences the recording of image phases has for our perception of time, space and movement.

In Fremdkörper (eng. Transposed Bodies, photofilm, installation, book, 2002/03) a line of separation is achieved in a completely conscious manner: Between the inside and the outside of the body, between moving and non-moving images, between photography and medical imaging techniques. Their work Rien ne va plus (photofilm, installation, 2005) is constructed like a time crystal in which light and time are fractured. It is concerned with the completeness of time; with revealing differing events which incessantly repeat themselves at the same time within a time period. The splitscreen piece Fiasko (photofilm, 2010, and book, 2014) explores methods for doubling, overlapping and concurrences, thus permitting an approach to the novel of the same name by Imre Kertész.

The source material for the films Hidden cities and Potential Space (photofilm entitled Sample Cities, 2012/14, installation and book, 2014) are sequential photo works depicting essential situations of urban experiences that reveal human and inhuman acts in a compact form. The cities in which the photos were created between 1974 and 2013 include Berlin, Budapest and New York – places with a traumatised past: Wars, dictatorships, terrorist catastrophes. Each individual photographic sequence already contains a concept, an order, a program within it; they are scores, notations of time and space in other words to temporal-spatial or spatio-temporal sequences which become experiments in perception in a cinematographic context. The confrontation and interaction with the artistic practices of other artists who explore the relationship between stillness and movement represents a recurring component of the creative output of Pratschke and Hámos.

Since 2006, they have curated the Photofilm film series, which has been shown and exhibited among others at the Tate Modern London, the SFMOMA  San Francisco, the National Gallery of Art Washington, the Ludwig Múzeum Budapest, as well as in the context of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg. In 2010, their book publication Viva Fotofilm bewegt/unbewegt (eng. Viva Photofilm Moving/Non-moving) edited together with Thomas Tode and containing texts from Hubertus v. Amelunxen, Raymond Bellour, Christa Blümlinger, Michaela Ott and Siegfried Zielinski among others, was published by Schüren Verlag.