Elsa | 2:19min | 2020


Fleur | 2:15min | 2020


Is movement a desire in itself? | 5:15min | 2019

 Animations (by Philip Emrich)

Exhibition view at AKI Finals 2019 exhibition,
AKI ArtEZ Enschede, The Netherlands

Stills from the main three screen video projection


Is movement a desire in itself? is a collaborative video installation which combines different media reflecting the experience and perception of time. 
There is an endless movement from the past to the present to the future. We cannot stop the world around us from moving. So is the present moment the place where movement itself takes place?

sound: Leonhard van Voorst | dance: Lotte Hamelink | animation: Philipp Emrich | audio text: Time And Time Again by Theresa Maria Forthaus, Excerpt of Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot | live performance on 18th of June 2019 with Lotte Hamelink at AKI ArtEZ in Enschede, The Netherlands

Excerpt from Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot (1941)

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened

Time And Time Again by Theresa Maria Forthaus (00:42min)

Cinematic Corpse | 05:50min | 2018

Excerpt | 00:58min

Cinematic Corpse is a twelve screen video installation which explores the constructions of cinema by referring to the Dogme 95 manifesto and its founder Lars von Trier with his documentary film “The Five Obstructions”. Between deception and clarification, this piece reflects a long process of questioning to what extent moving image can show the difference between truth and lie by capturing people telling intimate stories.
The danish filmmakers Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier published the Dogme 95 manifesto in March 1995 including ten rules called “The Vow of Chastity” which strive for a pure cinema based on traditional filmmaking. Dogme 95 criticises the excessive use of modern technology by creating technical illusions in cinema which consciously intend to deceive the audience. Moreover, it criticises the role of the film director as individual artist who influences the film with his personal taste, and his “free choice of trickery”.

My piece of work neglects the rules of dogma filming by making use of technical manipulations such as the edit of colour, composition and voice. However, this work thereby induces the viewer to scrutinise the truth of the image by posing philosophical questions. Based on the strategy of Lars von Trier and his discussion with Jørgen Leth in “The Five Obstructions“, I am seeking to reinterpret Leth‘s “The Perfect Human“ by playing with the power of me as a narrator and filmmaker to purposefully influence the audience’s point of view.

Beyond Reach | 7:20min | 2018

After focusing on photography, I realised that also filming my surrounding helps me to increase my understanding of the world and how it is put together. Beyond Reach was my first multiple-screen film essay in which I started to experiment with visualising different concepts and dimensions of reality. Quotes of philosophers such as Plato, Kant or Hobbes serve as different approaches to answer general questions of meaning like: Where is the beginning? What is an object? What does it mean when something exists? What is time? The quotes are arranged with alternating videos on three screens to create a tension between image and text.

You can find more old work and experiments I did during my studies on my vimeo profile