Women CineMakers, Special Edition, vol 6

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Kathi Schulz An interview by Francis Quettier and Dora Tennant

Hello Kathi and welcome to this special edition of Women Cinemakers: before starting to elaborate about your artistic production would you like to tell us something about your background? Please tell us about your trajectory as a video maker: what did inspire you to express yourself in this medium? As long as I can remember I was always painting and writing. When I started studying and got more serious about making art I quickly noticed that both of these mediums had certain boundaries. Even when I tried to push it to the very limit I was unable overcome these lines. There were certain things that I could not to express by purely painting or writing. I was not able articulate myself fully. Before I even managed to figure out what kept me from doing so I started filming. I felt this strong urge to capture a moving image. The possibility to entrap the smallest motion for ever seemed so tempting, it was impossible to resist.

Filming was a new way of communicating for me. I immediately knew that it was giving my work a profoundness which I was not able to reach beforehand. It also helped me to see and understand what I was interested in and what my work was all about. Sometimes I feel the same way about filming, there is a restriction to this medium for me, too. So I switch back to painting. Mostly both is happening simultaneously. I tend to choose the medium intuitively depending on what I want to express or communicate, even though a lot of times I am not able to exactly define it when I start. Moreover I don’t consider it as necessary. I do not see my paintings and my films separately from each other as one strongly influences the other. Seemingly this correlation is really important for my work. For this special edition of Women Cinemakers we have selected Sequence One, an interesting video that our readers have already started to get to know in the introductory pages of this article. What has at once captured our attention of your inquiry into the impossibility to express