SOLO WITH CHOIR

by Karø GOLDT
2004 / Mini DV / color / sound / 1S / 6' 00

"The face is a landscape." (Edgar Morin)
The face fades in slowly. A closeup of a woman’s face: pale like pastel chalk ; almost transparent toward the middle ; eyes, their colour ranging to light gray, obviously gazing into space. The background: a glassy, colourful shimmering.
The face remains in the picture for a total of six minutes. Solely the colors, applied in spots, and the mood of the lighting change - and at the same time the face seems to start breathing. Blurring gnaws at the contours. The face is almost made to disappear by fuzziness and colored veils. Like a photograph in a developing bath, it slowly reappears again and again, the shading changes and the eye color is altered in a barely noticeable way. The border between perception and imagination becomes indistinct. What did the viewer really see and what was read into the apparently expressionless face?
Solo Mit Chor by Karø Goldt, like the artist’s previous works, is based on photographs. rashim added a piece of synthetic music as an accompaniment. A distant confusion of voices can be heard between the fragile melodies. The static photos, in this case two different prints of a self-portrait, are literally brought to life in this musical context. It is all reminiscent of early cinema - and not just because of the significance of the closeup: At the time entire segments were monochromatically tinted to convey certain moods or provide a time reference. And the result is a kind of Kuleshov effect, which is created, not by means of editing and an intercut image, through the changing audiovisual tinge of the two self-portraits: One seems to be smiling, the other apparently has an absent or sad expression."The face has become a medium. (Morin)" - Isabella Reicher

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distribution format Digital file on server (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 24,00 €