Playing with shadows

It is ages since I have  watched “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”. A movie produced in 1920, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Film historically considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema.

Within the Time’s Up context it was always honored for its impressive visual style, wonderfully playing with twisted angles of light and shadows, partly painted directly onto the sets.

Within our current implementation of a physical narrative, set in moonlight atmosphere, we remembered the piece again, remembered the ambience evoked through dark, twisted and bizarre distortions in perspective. Inspired by the methods and means used, we started a series of experiments to fictionally enlarge our “real space” available with casted shadows, which even allow the introduction of “world-parts” we never would be able to place in the installation for real.

During a first series of tests we started out with a lighthouse – arrangement (thanks to Albino / Thomas Leitner – an experienced gobo-producing friend). There are more tests to come, more motives to try and other spotlights to test.

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