JOHANNA SCHWENK AUTHOR AND MEDIADRAMATURG  
 


EMPTY SPACES AND RESONANCE CHAMBERS

Empty spaces and resonance chambers. The aesthetics of omission in the films of Christian Petzold (2011)


“An empty space isn't empty, it's a resonance chamber”. German film director Christian Petzold`s statement is the keynote of this study. For the first time the literary term 'empty space' is systematically translated to film analysis and explored. Insights include the consideration of the 'empty space' in a moving image and the evaluation of acoustic 'empty space'. Being the foremost representative of the so called New Berlin School, Petzold creates cinematic art by reducing. The author shows Petzold as a minimalist film director who eludes convention, leaves questions unanswered, declares omission a principle and uses these empty spaces as a source of imaginary richness. His lean dramaturgy and imagery lead to a cinematography which in it's immediacy and almost physical presence intersects with the Deleuzian 'time-image'.

This study is part of the book series 'film studies', volume 63.


„Download the German extract from the Nomos website“



BOOK REVIEW BY HANS HELMUT PRINZLER

on Christian Petzold


Christian Petzold's new film BARBARA participates in the Berlinale competition. Recently published on this maverick style-forming director, an inspired book by Media Dramaturg Johanna Schwenk: ``Empty spaces and resonance chambers. The aesthetics of omission in the films of Christian Petzold`` (Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 102 S., 29 €). Based on the 'empty-space' theory in literature and fine arts, the author focuses on Petzold's Ghost-Trilogy (THE STATE I AM IN, GHOSTS, YELLA) and the moving image. Her discoveries are fascinating and insightful, albeit concisely presented. The appendix features an interview with Petzold.


Read the original review on Hans Helmut Prinzler's website:
www.hhprinzler.de/2012/02/uber-christian-petzold/


INTERVIEW
with Christian Petzold

Read the interview here.