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Sonic Cinema Presents:

Answering the Sun

Q&A with Rainer Kohlberger & Dr Stephen Cornford

Dir: Rainer Kohlberger, Austria/Germany, 2022, 60 min, 18+

Fri 23 June 2023 // 20:00

Tickets: £6 (full)

Please be advised that this film contains flashing and strobing images throughout

Sonic Cinema is thrilled to present Rainer Kohlberger’s Answering the Sun - a maximal, stroboscopic colour odyssey to the limits of human perception. Riffing on the optical phenomenon that occurs when staring at the sun, Kohlberger’s first feature adeptly modernises avant-garde cinema’s long tradition of visual music and flicker in a 60-minute bombardment of coloured fields, Op art geometry, hallucinatory passages, and a wall of sound.

‘Rainer Kohlberger’s work speaks of seduction, an overstimulation and deception of the senses, monochrome-pumping color surfaces, powerful drones. [...] Strong light signals create afterimages on the retina, while specific acoustic stimuli stimulate the ear to generate sounds on its own, and the entire body is affected with an implicit loss of control. And in all the dizzying flickering, throbbing, and pulsating, a sun ball appears, largely bathed in vibrant colors.’ (Regina Schlagnitweit)

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Rainer Kohlberger hosted by Dr Stephen Cornford

Generously supported by Austrian Cultural Forum London , Goethe-Institut London and Sixpackfilm, Vienna.

Sonic Cinema is a research project and event series by Oliver Dickens, exploring the intersection of moving-image, sound art and music practice. It is dedicated to the memory of Louis Benassi. www.soniccinema.org