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Spintex

The first collaboration between Gina Czarnecki and Ulf Langheinrich, Spintex is a film that melds dance, theatre, film, sound and installation around a real-time transition from day to night in the Ashanti region of Ghana. 

In Accra, on the Equator, the transformation from bright sunlight into night lasts only fifteen minutes all year round. The air is dusty and humid, loaded with scent and stench, and at a dance in an old roofless shell by the beach, throbbing masses are engulfed in trance. The pulsing crowd forms one motion, one being; a rhythmic, sexual and elemental force as brutal as the cycles of the natural world around it. The imagery vibrates with movement and extreme details: a face, that look, the gesture… the joy and release.

In Spintex, Czarnecki and Langheinrich encapsulate the multiple, interconnected daily rhythms of physicality and mortality that resonate in the environment and dance.


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Spintex

Gina Czarnecki and Ulf Langheinrich
2008

The first collaboration between Gina Czarnecki and Ulf Langheinrich, Spintex is a film that melds dance, theatre, film, sound and installation around a real-time transition from day to night in the Ashanti region of Ghana. 

In Accra, on the Equator, the transformation from bright sunlight into night lasts only fifteen minutes all year round. The air is dusty and humid, loaded with scent and stench, and at a dance in an old roofless shell by the beach, throbbing masses are engulfed in trance. The pulsing crowd forms one motion, one being; a rhythmic, sexual and elemental force as brutal as the cycles of the natural world around it. The imagery vibrates with movement and extreme details: a face, that look, the gesture… the joy and release.

In Spintex, Czarnecki and Langheinrich encapsulate the multiple, interconnected daily rhythms of physicality and mortality that resonate in the environment and dance.

  • Credits

    Spintex was created by Gina Czarnecki and Ulf Langheinrich in 2008. Produced by Forma. Funded by Capture.

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Gina Czarnecki and Ulf Langheinrich, Spintex, 2008 (still)

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Gina Czarnecki and Ulf Langheinrich, Spintex, 2008 (still)

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Gina Czarnecki and Ulf Langheinrich, Spintex, 2008 (still)

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Gina Czarnecki realises her art in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installations, sculpture, video, and site specific works. Since the mid-1990’s her work has found fascination with convergent developments in life sciences and technologies, their possible applications and how this shapes and informs identity. Recent projects include Nascent and Infected with exhibitions at CYNETART, Dresden (2016), Bruges Cultural Centre (2016), and Open Media Art Festival, Singapore (2015).

Ulf Langheinrich is an Austrian artist who creates powerful audiovisual installations, films and performances. His works use sophisticated post-production treatment and synthesis of source imagery and sound to explore the materiality and the physics of the media with which he works. Characterised by an interest in abstraction, Langheinrich’s granular manipulations of audio and visual material are informed by his background in fine art painting, his early audio experiments, his design of soundscapes for film/video projects and concerts, and his work as part of media art group, Granular Synthesis.

Background image: Gina Czarnecki and Ulf Langheinrich, Spintex, 2008 (still)