In the summer of 1987, I saw for the first time a work by Derek Jarman: the Desmet Filmtheater in Amsterdam showed his film The Angelic Conversation. Fascinated by both the aesthetics and the radical cinematic interpretation of Shakespeare’s sonnets, I wanted to learn more about him.
Years of research on his films, paintings and writings were the result. In the first years this was comparable to a search for a needle in a haystack. In later years, more and more literature was published, especially his own writings, which formed an essential basis of my work. This culminated in a doctoral thesis and later in the publication of the book Derek Jarman – Moving Pictures of a Painter.
The book was published in 2008 in Vienna, at the opening of the exhibition Derek Jarman – Brutal Beauty in the Kunsthalle Wien, curated by Isaac Julien and Angela Stief. One main focus of my research were his Super-8-films and his „Cinema of small gestures“. I’ve examined his filming techniques and his way of working but also influences from painting and literature, such as Yves Klein, David Hockney, Allen Ginsberg and Robert Rauschenberg.
In 2016 the English translation by Michael Wetzel has been published – both editions are also available as an eBook.
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