La trilogie des secrets

Video Installation

Secret Life, Coproduction Vidéoformes / European Media Art Festival (Allemagne), with the support of Union Européenne with the program Culture 2000.

Secret Machine, production of COMA Gallery (Berlin), with the support of Pictorion das werk Berlin, 16 mm film transfer. 

Reynold Reynolds' Secrets Trilogy explores the imperceptible conditions that frame life, especially time and space. In the first work Secret Life (2008) a is woman trapped in an apartment with a life of its own. Her mind functions like a clock whose hands pin the events of her life to the tapestry of time. Her thoughts thoughts escape her and come to life, growing like the plants that inhabit the space around her: living, searching, feeling, breathing and dying. In the second work Secret Machine (2009) Muybridge's photographic experiments form the bridge between art and science - the movie camera is both an instrument for measurement, as well as a means of artistic expression. The third work Six Easy Pieces (2010) is based on Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by its most brilliant teacher by Richard P. Feynman and brings together the foundations ‘Film is the Seventh Art’ (Ricciotto Canudo) and “Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.” (Gottfried Leibniz)

Reynold Reynolds was born in 1966 in Central Alaska. He first studied Physics receiving a BA under the professorship of Carl Wieman (Physics Nobel Laureate 2001) and remained two more years in Boulder to study under experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. After moving to New York City Reynolds completed an M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts.

In 2003 Reynold Reynolds was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and in 2004 invited to The American Academy in Berlin. Reynolds has received numerous awards for his film work, including the Festival Award for “Secret Life” at the European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck, 2008, the ‘09 Distinction Award for “Six Apartments” at Transmediale Berlin and Mention spéciale du jury, “Last Day of the Republic” at Videoformes, 2011

Robert CROMA (UK)

La descente (Video Installation) - 2010

Like much of Robert Croma’s video art, La Descente is a graceful and rare poem. 

Here, in slow motion, a sea of people descending, I assume to the Metro (following earlier work from Paris), or the Tube (he is British), or perhaps we’re in New York (?). I can’t yet tell. It is the morning – well, I imagine it is the morning simply because they look like they are on their way to work, not home (it is a descent, after all). Sort of Lang’s Metropolis for 2010. Some notice the camera and watch as they walk, because of course you couldn’t pause here, not on the way to work and not within this slow sea of perpetual movement. It is perhaps a quarter of the way through and my tension, my pleasure, my anxiety rises as I am waiting…for something… 

Croma’s work regularly highlights and en-frames details of otherwise missed moments of quotidian elegance and grace. Is it that person, watching the camera and the video maker? Is this the moment? No. It continues. I realise I have been wrong.

That’s a student, this must be afternoon. No student leaves for university at the same time as the workers. And that tabloid so many have – I realise it’s the Evening Standard, so it is the afternoon, people heading home. So now I read their faces as tiredness, the fatigue not of what lies ahead, but of what has been. The day that was and the crush and rush of the ride home. And I notice the shopping bags, the small and large talismans bought back from the day in the city. Nothing happens, beyond the interminable crowds. Mums, dads, kids, people with phones, iPods, bags, prams, trolleys. It is profound poetic observation, like Jean Renoir’s romantic realism with Vertov’s cyborg eye, peeling back the layers, sublime in its exposure, letting us see beautifully, as the poets must, that which can't always been seen.

Adrian Miles

– Senior Lecturer, New Media, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Robert Croma is a British video artist, photographer and playwright whose work in video has been screened in galleries and festivals throughout the world. For a number of years he was an award-winning photojournalist working for national and international newspapers and magazines. He has written and directed plays and short films in Central America, Scandinavia and Britain. His recent work in video seeks out the story and poetic narrative that resides elusively within all moments of experience.