MASCHERA is a musical-visual project by Marc Peschke and the latest video for it came through the lens of Simon Fluck. But it was not just any lens or camera. the video was made from the LomoKino ! Simon studied media in Regensburg and film in Berlin. He has been working as a filmmaker and photographer for years and his films have already brought him international recognition. Fluck is also co-founder of Zeegotoh e.V., which initiates various cultural, artistic, and social projects.
"It takes a worried man to sing a worried song" -- these lines can be heard over and over again. The themes of Fluck's videos are body cinema, visual anthropology, and ideas of time and rhythm in film. The experimental character of his projects is mainly fed by the play of body, perception and the idea of an immediate media experience, as also shown in his dark video for IT TAKES A WORRIED MAN. Here, landscape images, architectural structures, glimpses of a water surface, photo-solarizations, negative images and dimly recognizable figures combine to create a dark, irritating coexistence. The song, a U.S. traditional in trip hop garb, has taken on a new, entirely subjective coloration.
Hey Simon! Firstly, why choose analogue filmmaking? Why did you opt for the LomoKino camera?
Analog film gives me the opportunity to relinquish control to chance and create something that may not be razor-sharp and balanced, but is wholly coherent in its imperfections. The material itself tells the story. The uniqueness that comes with it and the uncontrollability that slips in between the individual images are what make it so appealing to me. The LomoKino lent itself to me because it seems to be the only affordable 35mm film camera that I know of, and it is not a professional camera, but rather an experimental device that focuses on filming, which I love.
How did you get into analogue filming and meet Lomography?
By chance, I heard of some dusty 35mm film rolls of 30m length last year, which had their expiration date already in the early 2000s. Since on the one hand a 35mm film camera was not accessible to me and on the other hand, the films could no longer guarantee to deliver the result you want, I started experimenting with them. Rubbing, spraying and sprinkling the "empty" negative rolls with bath cleaners and perfume produced very different patterns, colors and shapes - almost molecular-looking structures. I then digitalized the rolls, edited them together, and added music. My first analog film was thus created entirely without an analog camera. The result of this process can also be seen briefly in the color sequence from 'It Takes a Worried Man'. I came across the LomoKino through Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Ashes, which extremely fascinated me with its rich colors and the rhythm of the unstable image sections that follow one another and flow into one another.
What film did you guys use?
The somewhat dull and pale shots are from 400 film expired in 2007. The high contrast yet soft gray graded shots were actually taken on Earl Grey ISO 100 from Lomography.
Do you have any tips for filming with the LomoKino?
Analogue film has a way of not always going smoothly. Three of the 400 films came out of processing completely white, which of course annoyed me a lot because they were elaborate scenes with actors. If I hadn't trusted my intuition but a light meter, these scenes would have ended up in the film. So in addition to a lot of experimentation, I advise everyone to let too much light on the film rather than too little. Otherwise, just rattle away and let yourself be surprised by the result.
Marc also recorded the musical part in analog, using a TASCAM 4-track recorder from the 1980s. He recorded only four tracks and turned them into an MP3 file only at the very end, for uploading to YouTube.
Thanks to Marc Peschke and Simon Fluck for sharing the video with us and special thanks to Simon for sharing his thoughts and processes on the video! Check out Marc's YouTube Channel Maschera and Instagram and get inspired by the work Simon shares on his Website and his Instagram!