AUS DER FERNE - THE MEMO BOOK

by Matthias MÜLLER
1989 / color / sound / 1S / 28' 00

Begun with the AIDS related death of a close friend, "Aus der Ferne" is both eulogy and science fiction, closing hands with an indiscriminate contagion without succumbing to fatalism or despair.
That the site of desire should be so resolutely joined to death – or that the passage of death should follow the lines of love – these are the paradoxes beneath which Müller refashions the bodies of film and maker. While the film is shot throughout with the passing of a friend, it belongs finally to the filmmaker himself, who returns obsessively to his own body to gauge the possibility of going on.
Müllers' virtuosic rephotography, editing and hand processing techniques are hurled into an erotic maelstrom, re-making the divisions of the world in a continual flux of inside and out, container and contained. Learned in the tradition of Eisenstein, Genet, Anger and Jarman, "Aus der Ferne" seeks to re-make the male body, not in the service of higher ideals, but in a celebratory flow of communion and despair, mythos and logos. Its elegantly drafted sites live before "In the beginning was the word..." and are no less meaningful for doing so.
Mike Hoolboom

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