Hans Richter: The Avant Garde Music of Cinema
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Müzik / Music: Eda Er (Elektronikler, vokal / electronics, vocal), Simon Sieger [Fransa / France] (Piyano, trombon / piano, trombon)
Sunum / Introduced by: Annike Kross
An active member of the expressionist movement that emerged in the early 20th century, Hans Richter became involved in the radical expressionist group Brücke in Dresden and Der Blaue Reiter in Munich, led by artists such as Wasilly Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and Paul Klee. Like most artists of the time, Richter was sent to the front during the WWI, but soon came home due to a serious injury. In Berlin, he met the Dadaist artist Tristan Tzara. Just as Kandinsky and Klee sought ways to create music-like sensations with painting, Richter experimented with changing rhythms of editing and visual music. This gave birth to an abstract cinema that eschews storytelling. For Richter, what made cinema special among other arts was editing, allowing to create a rhythm to induce the visual shock element aimed at by the Dadaists. Editing could dissect, disrupt, and diminish stories. This programme presents five silent Richter films intercut with other examples of silent cinema that resonate or even anticipate his work.