Heinz Emigholz

Selected Publications

Die Basis des Make-Up (The Basis of Make-Up). In: Boa Vista No. 2, Hamburg, 1975 Indian Summer. In: Boa Vista No. 3, Hamburg, 1976 A Portfolio. In: The Paris Review No. 65, New York, 1976 The Results Are In. In: No Rose No. 2, New York, 1976 Normalsatz (Ordinary Sentence). In:Henry No. 5, Hamburg, 1977 Die Chinesische Landschaft (The Chinese Landscape). In: Henry No. 6, Hamburg, 1978 Webster’s Ideallandscape. In: No Rose No. 4, New York, 1978 Three Fairy Tales. In: Paranoids Anonymous Newsletter, New York, 1978 The Case, the Glass, the Said. In: Amateur No. 2, New York, 1979

Mission Statement

Pym Films was founded as a production company by Heinz Emigholz in 1978 to develop his film project Arthur Gordon Pym – Die letzten Geheimnisse der Republik (The Last Secrets of the Republic). Since then Pym Films has unfolded activities in many areas. The feature film The Last Secrets of the Republic has not been realized, yet.

Biography Heinz Emigholz

Heinz Emigholz © 2009 by Petra Nettelbeck Born in 1948 near Bremen in Germany, Heinz Emigholz trained first as a draftsman before studying philosophy and literature in Hamburg. He began filmmaking in 1968 and has worked since 1973 as a filmmaker, artist, writer and producer in Germany and the USA. In 1974 he started his encyclopaedic drawing series The Basis of Make-Up . He looks back on numerous exhibitions, retrospectives, lectures and publications. In 1984 he started his film series Photography and beyond. He has held a professorship in Experimental Filmmaking at the Universität der Künste Berlin from 1993 to 2013, and co-founded the Institute for Time-based Media and the program Art and Media, there. Since 2012 member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In 2003 Filmgalerie 451 started an edition of all his films on DVD. Publications a.o.: Krieg der Augen, Kreuz der Sinne (War of Eyes, Cross of Senses), Seit Freud gesagt hat, der Künstler heile seine Neurose selbst, heilen die Künstler ihre Neurosen selbst (Since Freud Said That the Artist Heals His Neuroses Himself, Artists Have Been Healing Their Neuroses Themselves), Normalsatz – Siebzehn Filme (Ordinary Sentence – Seventeen Films) and Das schwarze Schamquadrat (The Black Sqare of Shame) (all four books at Verlag Martin Schmitz); Die Basis des Make-Up (I) and (II), Der Begnadete Meier (Grace Jones), Kleine Enzyklopädie der Photographie (Little Encyclopaedia of Photography) and Die Basis des Make-Up (III) (in Die Republik No. 68-71, 76-78, 89-91, 94-97 and 123-125); Sense of Architecture with more than 600 photographs.

Selected Exhibitions

Hamburger Bahnhof Panorama
  • 1974. Projekt '74, Cologne
  • 1977. documenta 6, Kassel
  • 1977/78. Film As Film, Kunstverein Cologne, Hayward Gallery, London
  • 1982. Normalsatz (Ordinary Sentence), Buch Handlung Welt, Hamburg
  • 1986. Ich hätte auch gern einen Körper gehabt (I would have liked to have a body, too), Galerie Eisenbahnstraße, Berlin
  • 1988. Der Untergang der Bismarck (The Sinking of the Bismarck), Zwinger Galerie, Berlin


1972/73. Schenec-Tady I (16 mm, 27 min, silent)
1973. Schenec-Tady II (16 mm, 18 min, silent)
1973/74. Arrowplane (16 mm, 24 min, silent)
1974. Tide (16 mm, 33 min, silent)
1972/75. Schenec-Tady III (16 mm, 20 min, silent)
1975/76. Hotel (16 mm, 27 min)
1976/77. Demon – The Translation of Stéphane Mallarmé's „Le Démon de l’Analogie“ (16 mm, 30 min)
1978/81. Normalsatz – Ordinary Sentence (Feature film, 16 mm, 105 min)

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