Sonic Cinema presents Rainer Kohlberger’s 'Answering the Sun'

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Sonic Cinema presents Rainer Kohlberger’s 'Answering the Sun'

  • 23 Jun 2023 — 24 Jun 2023

Sonic Cinema is thrilled to present Rainer Kohlberger’s Answering the Sun - a maximal, stroboscopic colour odyssey to the limits of human perception. Riffing on the optical phenomenon that occurs when staring at the sun, Kohlberger’s first feature adeptly modernises avant-garde cinema’s long tradition of visual music and flicker in a 60-minute bombardment of coloured fields, Op art geometry, hallucinatory passages, and a wall of sound.

‘Rainer Kohlberger’s work speaks of seduction, an overstimulation and deception of the senses, monochrome-pumping color surfaces, powerful drones. [...] Strong light signals create afterimages on the retina, while specific acoustic stimuli stimulate the ear to generate sounds on its own, and the entire body is affected with an implicit loss of control. And in all the dizzying flickering, throbbing, and pulsating, a sun ball appears, largely bathed in vibrant colors.’ (Regina Schlagnitweit)

Friday 23 June, 8pm, The Cube, Bristol
Q&A hosted by Stephen Cornford
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Saturday 24 June, 4.30pm, ICA London
Q&A hosted by Eleni Ikoniadou

Generously supported by Austrian Cultural Forum London , Goethe-Institut London and Sixpackfilm, Vienna.

Sonic Cinema is a research project and event series by Oliver Dickens, exploring the intersection of moving-image, sound art and music practice. It is dedicated to the memory of Louis Benassi.