Bernd Lützeler

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Armed with camera and local film crew, artist and filmmaker Bernd Lützeler, will embark on an exploration of Bangalore’s colourful small store scene, as part of his 16 mm film project «Endless Supply».

Bernd Lützeler first studied painting with Christian Sery and Martin Assig at the European Academy of Fine Arts in Trier. In 1989 he moved to Berlin to study fine arts at the Berlin University of the Arts. The climate of change in the reunited city induced him to shift his practice away from painting towards photography, video, film and installations. In 1991 he participated in the programme Experimental Media Art with Rotraut Pape and completed his Meisterschüler in Maria Vedder's class.

bernd lützeler © Bernd Lützeler In the mid-‘90s he had the chance to see some Bollywood films, a genre largely unknown to the general public in Germany at that time. Fascinated by these films, he decided to further explore this subject. In 2001, he went to Mumbai to shoot an experimental video "True Love is Just Filmi", starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Girish Pardeshi and Gyan Prakash. In 2004, he established "NoMasala", a varying programme of short films by Indian directors, which he presented in many places in Europe. Ever since, he has travelled to Mumbai repeatedly for longer periods to work on his film and art projects. Several works have resulted from these journeys: the experimental film "The Voice of God" (2011) with a voiceover by Harish Bhimani, the multimedia theatre performance "K⁰" (2011) in collaboration with Jyoti Dogra, which was funded by the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Delhi, the structural film "Fultu Faltu Filim" (2017) and recently the double projection film "Camera Threat" (2017) starring Mansi Multani, Pushpendra Singh and Girish Pardeshi.

Besides the references to popular Indian culture and life in urban India nowadays, Bernd's works often examine techniques of moving image production and presentation in relation to their form and perception. Loops, found footage, jugaad technologies (= DIY) and their disclosure have become integral parts of his work. His idea of experimentation includes the act of perception through the spectator. This approach can be seen in the film "Traveling with Maxim Gorkiy" (2014) in collaboration with Kolja Kunt, the music clip "Batagur Baska" (2016) for the music by Guido Möbius and in the film installation "Nola's saloN" (2014) in collaboration with Eric Wilhelm da Cruz.
In his films and expanded cinema works, Bernd has been using all available formats, from digital video through small gauge formats like Super-8 and 16mm to 35mm film. He is an active member of LaborBerlin, an artist-run film lab that provides equipment and facilities to enable its members to process, copy and edit their own films, manually or with machines, and independent of commercial or industrial limitations. Bernd’s films have been shown at museums, exhibitions and film festivals worldwide, including Centre Pompidou, Berlinale International Film Festival, Rotterdam, San Francisco Cinematheque, Views from the Avant-Garde, and at Experimenta Film Festival as well as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India.

During the bangaloREsidency Bernd will get the chance to shoot for a new film project: Under the working title "Endless Supply", he will explore the world of local shops in Bangalore. The project will be shot on 16mm, the crew will consist of students of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, who will be introduced to analogue film practice and learn how to handle the film camera, a light meter and the film material. The final work will be presented as a loop.
For his film project Bernd is looking for Crew. For more information: Endless supply

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