"The term 'avant-garde' is only outdone in its perfidy by the adjective
'experimental'", writes Heinz Emigholz, who in 1993 inaugurated the
"Experimental Film Design" class at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Christine Noll Brinckmann uses this citation in her 1993 text
"Experimental Film 1920-1990: Collective Movements and Solitary
Thrusts," which remains the only attempt to give an overview of the
history of experimental film in Germany.
Publisher edition arsenal experimental, with support from Berliner
Kulturverwaltung-Künstlerinnenprogramm, has taken on the task
of initiating new discussions and of putting experimental film back on
its feet. And with this publication they do so “in three
languages: in that of the film, that of the idea, and in the language
of empathy. Christine Noll Brinckmann has mastered all
three.” Through works as a filmmaker, spectator, scholar, and
author, her films and texts are highly appropriate as the inaugural
publication of a series intended to rewrite history by keeping and
making films visible.
This unique publication presents a DVD with eight films by Christine
Noll Brinckmann; bilingual-texts of two essays by Christine Noll
Brinckmann and the films discussed in the texts, STILL LIFE and CASTA
DIVA [1st episode]; and a bilingual-text book featuring many
reproductions of images from the films in full-color, along with essay
contributions and appreciations by Stan Brakhage, Robin Curtis, Vinzenz
Hediger, Maria Morata, Heide Schlüpmann, Alexandra Schneider,
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and Katharina Sykora.