Image from the film Frank Matter, 'The Beauty of My Island – Shooting Klaus Lutz'

The Beauty of My Island – Shooting Klaus Lutz

Frank Matter
Video, colour, sound
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Swiss artist Klaus Lutz was a unique filmmaker. In his works, he created a visual universe completely his own. Reminiscent of Chaplin or Méliès, his films tell adventure stories about a little man in a strange and lonely world. The protagonist flies over big, imaginary cities, walks through interstellar space, and interacts with props, signs and anthropomorphic drawings.

Simultaneously director, camera operator, actor, set and costume designer, Lutz shot his films in his tiny East Village apartment. His film language and the complex technological means he used to tell his stories are the result of a life-long, meticulous investigation. He worked with double and triple exposures, a wide variety of distorting and spheric lenses, balloons, pneumatic devices, rear projection, and turntables. There is no editing: the film is totally created in the camera. The Beauty of My Island – Shooting Klaus Lutz, observes how the artist shoots one of his 16mm films.