M+M – Der Johanna-Zyklus
The film installation "Johanna cycle" by the artist duo from Munich M+M M+M (Marc Weis und Martin De Mattia) is a story presented simultaneously on six screens. In the "Johanna cycle", the viewers must keep reorienting themselves among the screens. Voices and pictures overlap, but at the same time a higher structure, based on the synchronic use of film resources, dominates. A drama of jealousy unfolds, based on the script by Helmut Krausser. However, it remains unclear whether or not the three actors are representing different manifestations of a single identity.
The viewer is left with the choice of deciding which screen to view, and therefore which part of the story to start with. There is no longer a set chronology. In the precise interplay of the six picture series, the three protagonists coalesce to a single figure with fluctuating form, the viewer then merges with this figure. The six scenes of the film have been cut identically, staged and mounted synchronically and set parallel frame by frame so that the simultaneous projection of action moments, camera runs, cuts and so on create a complete and rhythmic picture together with the music (thilges 3).
A catalogue in English and German will be published for the exhibition.