Rainbow's Gravity (2014) is a cinematic study on the Agfacolor-Neu colour film stock made in Nazi Germany. Along its three layers of emulsion, the film digs deep into the escapist colourised landscape of this time and asks for the material requirements, retentions and ideological continuities of the Agfacolor palette.
Film sequences, projected in the former production line, dismantle not only themselves, but also our view accustomed to historicise, aiming to visualise what the colour does not show. The film tries to realise not only how it had been - in the darkrooms of the Agfa film factory - but also how it can be possible at all to face this reality today within film, in images and movements without a final or even conciliatory view of the past.
Rainbow's Gravity has been shown most recently at the 2014 Berlinale (Forum Expanded), VBKÖ, Vienna and Les Complices*, Zurich. These premiere screenings in the UK will be accompanied by specially invited responses: in Bristol from Professor Sarah Street who has an interest in the history of colour film; and in London presentations from Esther Leslie and Marina Vishmidt in relation to the film, both of whom have been in ongoing dialogue with the artists.
Mareike Bernien (Berlin) and Kerstin Schroedinger (London / Zurich) have been working in collaboration since 2006 in joint film, exhibition and text projects. In their work they seek to critically interrogate image production, and to produce and reproduce images as material of thought. Working in film, radio play, music and text with a historiographical practice, they questionin the means of production, historical continuities and ideological certainties of representation. They are interested in an experimental and critical approach to media formats, with an implicit entanglement of content and form.
Image: still from Rainbow's Gravity, Mareike Bernien and Kerstin Schroedinger (2014)