Thorsten Fleisch, Energie!, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.

Thorsten Fleisch creates films that reveal the shapes and patterns of natural forces and phenomena. In this work he reveals what energy in one of its simplest forms looks like in motion. Energie!  is a sequence of still images created on light-sensitive photographic paper. The artist exposed dozens of sheets of paper to enormous electrical discharges, each leaving its imprint as a trail of light. Animating these images reveals patterns in their flow of energy, akin to tracing the flow of electricity at each moment of a lightning strike. As the images are photographs created without cameras, they are records of single moments. Accordingly we see dozens of split-second documents animated to reveal the shape and power of energy.

Thorsten Fleisch is a Berlin based experimental filmmaker, who works with digital and analogue film. He studied experimental film with Peter Kubelka at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. With materials such as the body, crystals, fire and electricity, he works directly on 16mm film strips. The results are poetic and abstract visual systems with references to catharsis, cosmos and the universe. In 2003 Fleisch received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica in Linz for his computer animated film Gestalt. His films have received several awards and have been shown at festivals including: New York Film Festival, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, San Francisco Film Festival and Videoex. 

Curated by AV Festival 10

Thorsten Fleisch: Energie!


Fri 5 March – Mon 19 April 2010

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

City Library and Art Centre
Fawcett Street
Sunderland SR1 1RE