AS A MATTER OF FACT
Video, (HD, duration: 9 min., Format: 16:9)
As a matter of fact is a 9 minute video that was created as ain collaboration with the stage magician Timothy Trust and Dr. Bernhard Michalke and the Helmholtz Zentrum Munichünchen as part of an artist research project focused on to research onexplore the historical relations between science, the textual-ritual tradition of „Western learned magic“ and theatrical magic.
western learned magic and their perception.
For the video, the realms of laboratory work and stage magic were mixed. The camera attentively follows Timothy Trust, dressed as lab worker, performing a series of tasks from classical magical tricks and classical chemistry experiments to poetic gestures and cinematic effects.
The plot of the video is inspired by the "opus magnum" of alchemy; the transformation of non-precious materials into gold, and the main steps of colour changes involved: from black to white to yellow to red (lat: nigredo, albedo, citrinitas, rubedo). Within the controlled cosmos of the lab, machines rumble, fluids change colour as fire and wind are unleashed bringing forthwards the Faustian appearance of a dog.
By leaving the tasks uncommentedpresenting the footage of these tasks without commentary, the video makes palpable not only thewhat visual forms that distinguish science and magic in their cinematic representation, but also whathe practical overlappings in techniques, gestures, and equipment show due tothat are the result of historical touching pointsintersections between the two disciplines. The reiteration of the action in the form of an infinite video loop gradually amplifies the visual clues, slowly evolving the perception of the observed performance.
the visual forms that distinguish science and magic and their cinematic representation. The work examines the overlaps that result from working with a magician and a scientist. The camera attentively records a man in a white lab coat performing magic tricks in a laboratory, without however revealing the nature of the effects. The plot of the video is inspired by the "opus magnum" of alchemy; the transformation of non-precious materials into gold, and the main steps of color change involved.
Timothy Trust (actor, magic effectseffects)
Jakob Wiessner (1st camera)
Simon Reimold (sound mix)
Dr. Bernhard Michalke (head of laboratory)
Ully Loup (chemical magic)