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Text Otto Muehl 2004
ELECTRIC PAINTING COLLAGE
is the forming of process

Since 2002 I have been making photo films.

An improvised action is captured by camera.

Then the individual photos are reworked on the computer in terms of colour, drawing, form and theme.

Electric painting is the further development of a photo by means of painting in the computer.

The Electric painting film is composed of a succession of individual shots, either painted or left unchanged.

Electric painting differs from normal painting in that what matters is not the end product but the process of creation.

There is no story-line, one action follows the other. No meaning, no goal, no happy end. Just a matter of producing strong images. It’s useless to wait for the end of a story.

It’s not like a film where every movement counts, but here the film is photo for photo, frame for frame. Each shot (whether painted or not) is posed and worked through, checked.

Movement arises through

  1. the meaning of the action,
  2. the order of the photos,
  3. the duration of individual shots.


  • Electric Painting Film — two Trailers
  • Electric Session – Trailer
    2004
  • Electric Water Gully – Trailer
    2005


  • Electric Painting Film — Single Images
  • Electric Water Gully
    18.04.2005
  • Lumière electrique
    09.12.2002
  • Mondrian Boogie Woogie
    06.12.2002
  • noir orange
    26.09.2002
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