“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.
Black Sun // Die Schwarze Sonne (Orig.)
1992 / Austria, Switzerland / 26 min
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Black Sun is based on a short novel by the American Science-fiction author Samuel R. Delany which tells the story of the meeting between a "spacer" and a "frelk". A "spacer" is an androgyne being, determined to execute technical work on the planets near by and their moons. A "spacer" is able to adapt itself to any kind of gravitation. For this reason they become for the "frelks"- who depend on the gravitation of the earth - buyable objects of desire.
Black Sun starts with the landing of a "spacer" on the earth and shows his meeting with a "frelk woman" who expects a sexual affair with the "floating meat". The impossible love affair (the "spacer" lost its sexual identity due to metamorphosis) takes place in a future world where bodies radiate, where shadows transform into mirrors and where darkness illuminates space. The human being as an insect under the dark light of the sun, in a time far away which is sometimes erroneously called childhood. (Johannes Hammel)
|Screenplay||Michael Kathe, Johannes Rosenberger, Johannes Hammel|
|Dir. of Photography||Johannes Hammel|
1995 Ann Arbor - Film ...
1995 Ann Arbor - Film Festival