michael brynntrup -
meSelf, mySelf and iSelf
film and video works
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Michael Brynntrup is an artist and filmmaker who has been probing the limits of independent, personal and experimental film since the 80's. Very early in his art career, he started off with Super-8 films, but soon experimented with multiple projections and collaborations with other artists. With “Jesus, der Film" his collaboration took the form of a “cadavre exquis", the joint product of a number of directors who only saw part of the work of their collegues, but who all were asked to have Brynntrup play the main character, Jesus. The resulting feature-long film became a legend, while little later, Brynntrup also became a well known director in the gay-and-lesbian cinema movement.
His goal, however, was to never become monopolized by a certain scene, and thus, since his start, he has strived for a diversity of themes and genres in his work. Still, we can find the repeated and ongoing questions of the identity of the self, the questions, how the roles we play in society are being defined by gender and sexual orientation, and how the mirror of the other, and the mirror of death influences our lives. Last but not least, the artist adresses the question how much of an impact the mirror of media does have.