We are glad to announce the fifth edition of FREISPIEL! Our next guest is Munich based artist Paul Valentin, who presents a new immersive video installation which physically and ephemerally spreads all over the rooms.
𝙺𝙻: 𝙷𝚘𝚠 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚎𝚜𝚌𝚛𝚒𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚙𝚝 𝚘𝚏 φανερός 𝚘𝚛 𝚙𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚛𝚘𝚗? 𝚂𝚘 𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚝 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚒𝚜 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚊𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚢 𝚠𝚊𝚢?
𝙿𝚅: 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚏𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚑𝚎𝚗𝚘𝚛𝚘𝚗, 𝚊𝚜 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚖𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚝, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚝𝚑 𝚠𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚘𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝'𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚝, 𝚖𝚊𝚢𝚋𝚎 𝚊 𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝚋𝚒𝚝 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚎𝚜𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚋𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚚𝚞𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛 - 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚊𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚜, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚝'𝚜 𝚍𝚎𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚢 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚖𝚖𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚘𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚢, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗, 𝚖𝚊𝚢𝚋𝚎 𝙸'𝚖 𝚠𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚝'𝚜 𝚎𝚡𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝…
Paul Valentin's works deal with philosophical dilemmas and classical themes of metaphysics, such as the question of truth, nothingness or the form of the world. For his films, he works with the method of computer animation (CGI) to create or change the specific characters and settings.
He is concerned with ideas of surrealism and romanticism, as well as with the theme of new realism, which intertwines philosophy and science.
Due to his father's work as a theater sculptor, he spent a lot of time behind the scenes of the opera as a child. His father’s stage sets and props still shape his idea of materiality and visual language today. Valentin was awarded the Karl Faber Prize in 2019 for his film "Nothing", as well as the 2021 Scholarship for Visual Arts of the City of Munich.
curated by Kalas Liebfried
photos by Matthias R. Zausinger