Jürgen Reble - Das Goldene Tor (The Golden Door)
Originally a 16 mm film from 1992 with a soundtrack by Thomas Köner.
“Jürgen Reble’s film works are marked by layers of residue, shifting abstract surfaces, chemical traces, scratches and blotches, as though a virus has infected the image, distorting its tone and colour, imbuing it with unusual textures and a strange aura. In these films destructive processes are the creative aesthetic agent. […] A form of myopic mythopoeia, Das Goldene Tor confounds readings of interpretive “meaning”, however layered or subjective they could be; neither is it concerned with perceptual phenomena or visual processes. It is a self-contained metaphor, a self-actualising event through the experience of its passage. As it progresses its atmosphere becomes more intense, it is slower, it is hazily less distinct. Like the sympathetic layer of Thomas Köner’s soundtrack, it is ‘dark ambient’.” (Steven Ball)