Expanded Photography – The Artist Thomas Ruff
Portrait about the German artist Thomas Ruff on the occasion of his retrospective show in Munich.
German version; 46 minutes; Sony XDCAM, 16:9; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 2012

Nam June Paik – Open Your Eyes
The Korean born artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006) is known as the inventor of video and media art and
was one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century. His artworks range from early music
performances and his involvement in the Fluxus movement to TV works, sculptures, large-scale video
installations and laser works. The film presents a review of his work and shows excerpts from various film
footage with Paik. Collaborators, contemporaries and family members talk about the artist and his work,
such as his widow Shigeko Kubota, his nephew Ken Hakuta, the curators John Hanhardt and Wulf
Herzogenrath, the technical engineer at TV Lab/WNET John Godfrey, the production assistant Ruth
Bonomo and the artists Mary Bauermeister and Ingo Günther.
English version/German version; 62 minutes; Sony XDCAM, 16:9; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 2010

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Visions in My Mind
Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948 in Tokyo) is one of the most fascinating art photographers of our age. He has
been working on his cycles of photographs for more than 30 years. The minimalist black-and-white
pictures are studies in silence, clarity and emptiness. Sugimoto, who has been living in the USA since
1970, was lastingly influenced during his days as an art student by Minimal Art and Conceptual Art. In his
work, he unites Far Eastern aesthetics with artistic influences deriving from modern Western art.
English version/German version; 42’30”; Digi Beta, 16:9; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 2007
Intermedia-Globe Gold (Documentaries) at WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL, Hamburg 2009

Bibliothek im Eis – Lutz Fritsch in der Antarktis  [Library on Ice – Lutz Fritsch in the Antarctic]
In the immediate vicinity of the station there has stood since January 2005 the “Library on Ice”, an art
project by the Cologne artist Lutz Fritsch. As long ago as the winter of 1994/95 Lutz Fritsch took part as
an artist, together with scientists, in an expedition to Antarctica. Having arrived, Lutz Fritsch explored the
expanse, the texture and the feel of this extreme space. The work of art is not simply a room on ice, but
an actually usable library with a thousand books donated by artists, scholars and scientists from all
disciplines. Thus was created a unique library at the end of the world.
Film by Maria Anna Tappeiner and Reinhard Wulf; English version/German version; 44 minutes; 
Digi Beta, 4:3; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 2007

Richard Serra – To See Is to Think
The film gives a comprehensive overview of Serra’s thought and work, and introduces new sculptural
projects, for example his landscape works in the USA and Europe, as well as commissioned works for the
University of California in San Francisco and the Novartis Campus in Basle. Alongside extensive
interviews with Richard Serra, there are contributions from his longtime dealer Alexander von Berswordt,
the composer Philip Glass and the collectors Steven H. Oliver and François Pinault.
English version/German version; 45 minutes; Digi Beta, 16:9; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk,
2006
• Finalist of INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS, New York 2008 (Nominated for outstanding
Achievement in Arts Programming by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences)

Richard Serra – Thinking on Your Feet
The documentary focuses on Serra’s commissioned work for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – where
the artist created a large-scale place-related installation, consisting of seven large steel sculptures – and
Serra’s works of the past 15 years. Alongside extensive interviews with Richard Serra, the film includes
conversations with close colleagues, curators, critics and other artists, in addition to important stages in
the exhibition project.
English version/German version; 92 Minutes; Digi Beta, 16:9; Produced by Zweites Deutsches
Fernsehen (ZDF) and Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), 2005
Special Jury Award, Films on Art, MENDOCINO FILM FESTIVAL 2007

Sophie Calle: Doppeltes Spiel [Sophie Calle: Dirty Work]
Documentary on the French artist Sophie Calle on the occasion of her retrospective show „Sophie Calle:
M’as-tu vu(e)“ at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin 2004.
French version/German version; 28’20”; Beta SP, 4:3; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 2004

Richard Serra: Film & Video
Documentary on the early films und videos (1968-1979) by Richard Serra. Interviews with Richard Serra
and various film excerpts.
English version/German version; 30 min.; Beta SP, 4:3; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 2004

Kunst auf Sendung – Die Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum 
[Art on Air – Gerry Schum’s Television Gallery]
For his Television and Video Gallery (1968 – 1973) Schum collaborated with the most advanced artists
from the fields of Land Art, Concept and Process Art like Dennis Oppenheim, Lawrence Weiner, Richard
Serra, Gilbert & George, Daniel Buren, Joseph Beuys, Mario Merz, Robert Smithson a.o. His concept of a
TV gallery was meant to produce exclusively art for the medium TV and not to present the works in the
traditional art context. Interviews with Wibke von Bonin, Daniel Buren, Jan Dibbets, Klaus Rinke, Ulrich
Rückriem, Richard Serra, Harald Szeemann, Lawrence Weiner and Ursula Wevers.
German version; 58 min.; Beta SP, 4:3; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 2003

The Body as Matrix - Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle
Documentary on Matthew Barney’s completed Cremaster Cycle (1994-2002), an exhibition held in
Cologne’s Museum Ludwig in the summer of 2002. In addition to Matthew Barney, we also hear from
other members of the team: Gabe Bartalos (make-up and special effects), Chelsea Romersa (coproducer),
Matthew D. Ryle (production and sculpture design) and the curator of the exhibition Nancy
Spector (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum).
English version/German version; 51'51"; Beta SP, 4:3; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 2002

Gary Hill – I Believe It Is an Image
Documentary (with Reinhard Wulf) on the American video artist Gary Hill. In co-production with the
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.
English version/German version; 56'54"; Digi Beta, 16:9; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 2001

William Kentridge - Drawing the Passing
Documentary (with Reinhard Wulf) on the South African artist and film-maker William Kentridge. The
portrait is based on extensive interviews with William Kentridge and is watching the artist at work at his
studio in Johannesburg. The work on his film STEREOSCOPE (1999) is at the heart of this examination.
English version/German version; 50'27"; Beta SP, 4:3; Produced by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 1999
• Silver Spire, GOLDEN GATE AWARDS 2000, San Francisco (Division II. Television, The Arts)
• Prix Démarche d'Artiste, FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM D'ART ET PEDAGOGIQUE 2000, Paris

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