Feliks Gmelin | Felix Gmelin
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Testiranje boje, Crvena zastava II, 2002 (kadrovi iz videorada)
Farbtest, Die Rote Fahne II, 2002 (Videostills)


Born in 1972 in Heidelberg, Germany
lives and works in Stockhom, Sweden

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Farbtest, Die Rote Fahne II, 2002 (Videostills)

Felix Gmelin’s Farbtest, Die Rote Fahne II, 2002, a two-channel video, presents two short tapes that are, at a glance, identical. Closer examination reveals that in fact the images are not quite the same, but very similar. In each one, a runner carries a large red flag through the streets of what appears to be a northern European city, transferring the flag to another participant at various intervals. The sense of historical period is also rather vague: the runners wear similar dark clothes; their hairstyles are not particularly revelatory, either. Perhaps the large number of Volkswagens in the video on the left tips the viewer off that this one was originally filmed in Germany.

Gerd Conradt made the film in 1968, in connection with a camera seminar at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, conducted by Michael Ballhaus, who worked with R.W. Fassbinder and later with Martin Scorsese. Gmelin’s father was a filmmaker and theorist with radical political convictions, and the event that Conrad captured on film had been enacted by several of Gmelin’s students and also Gmelin himself—he appears twice in the film. It documented a “revolutionary” student action; its final goal was achieved when the final flag-bearer entered the Berlin town hall—the Schöneberger Rathaus, where John F. Kennedy made his famous (and famously ungrammatical) “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech—and reappeared on its balcony waving the red flag. … In contrast to the triumphant—or at least dramatic—finale of Conrad’s film, the last flag-bearer in Gmelin’s re-enactment enters Stockholm’s town hall but doesn’t appear above brandishing the red flag. The opportunities for revolutionary action are evidently foreclosed, or at least ambiguous, uncertain.

David Rimanelli

From: Revolutionary Time Warp: Felix Gmelin’s Farbtest, Die Rote Fahne II

Rođen 1972. u Hajdelbergu, Nemačka.
Živi i radi u Stokholmu, Švedska.

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Testiranje boje, Crvena zastava II, 2002 (kadrovi iz videorada)

Rad Feliksa Gmelina Testiranje boje, Crvena zastava II, 2002, video sa dva kanala, predstavlja dve kratke trake koje su, na prvi pogled, identične. Pažljivijim posmatranjem se otkriva da slike, u stvari, nisu sasvim iste, nego samo jako slične. U svakoj od njih jedan trkač nosi veliku crvenu zastavu ulicama nekog, čini se, severnoevropskog grada, pa onda predaje zastavu drugom učesniku, u različitim vremenskim intervalima. Prilično teško je odrediti i istorijski period: trkači nose tamnu odeću, a i frizure su takve da ništa naročito ne otkrivaju. Možda veliki broj folksvagena s desne strane može da nagovesti da je originalni video snimljen u Nemačkoj.

Gerd Konrad je napravio ovaj film 1968. godine, u sklopu seminara o snimanju filmova na Nemačkoj akademiji za film i televiziju u Berlinu, koji je držao Mihael Balhaus (radio je sa R.V. Fazbinderom i kasnije sa Martinom  Skorsezeom). Gmelinov otac je bio filmski producent i teoretičar radikalnih političkih ubeđenja i događaj koji je Konrad preneo na film odglumila je nekolicina Gmelinovih studenata i sâm Gmelin – on se u dva navrata pojavljuje u filmu. Film dokumentuje jednu “revolucionarnu” studentsku akciju; krajnji cilj akcije se ostvaruje kad poslednji nosilac zastave uđe u Berlinsku gradsku većnicu – Schöneberger Rathaus, u kojoj je Džon F. Kenedi održao svoj čuveni (i čuveno nepismeni) govor “Ich bin ein Berliner” – i posle se ponovo pojavio na terasi mašući crvenom zastavom. … Za razliku od trijumfalne – ili bar dramatične – završnice Konradovog filma, poslednji nosilac zastave u Gmelinovom filmu ulazi u Stokholmsku gradsku većnicu, ali se ne pojavljuje gore i ne vitla crvenom zastavom. Mogućnosti revolucionarne akcije se, očigledno, isključuju, ili su bar nejasne, nesigurne.

David Rimaneli

Preuzeto iz: Revolutionary Time Warp: Felix Gmelin’s Farbtest, Die Rote Fahne II