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Clown, 2005

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3-channel film installation
Colour, surround sound
Shot on Super-16mm
Converted to PAL SD and transferred onto DVD
Aspect ratio 16:9 (vertical)
Loop, 10 min 30 sec
Edition 6 + 2 ap

In the three-channel film installation Clown (2005), the absurd and slightly uncanny figure of a clown emerges from the impenetrable lushness of
the Brazilian jungle. His red nose contrasts with the green forest. Starting from the right-hand side, he passes through all three screens, stumbling towards us, following a streamlet, before finally disappearing back into the jungle. As often in Rosefeldt’s work, this film’s protagonist is an uncommunicative, self-absorbed monad: a wanderer in a world he either does not understand or – caught up in activities required by the closed circuit of his solecistic, madcap logic – wishes to ignore. As the essence of absurdity, this film work can be read as a metaphor for modern man’s alienation from nature and an epilogue to Rosefeldt’s Trilogy of Failure (2004/2005).

Summarised from Stefan Berg, Katerina Gregos and David Thorpe, in: Julian Rosefeldt: Film Works (2008)

Exhibitions / Catalogues

– Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto. Works 2005–2017, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, September–December 2017
– Performing the Landscape, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, September–November 2016 
– Parallelwelt Zirkus / The Circus as a Parallel Universe, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, May–September 2012
   (curated by Gerald Matt & Verena Konrad; catalogue)
Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London, January–April 2008
   (curated by Mami Kataoka; catalogue)
Julian Rosefeldt, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, December 2006–January 2007
Julian Rosefeldt – Clown, Max Wigram Gallery, London, September–November 2006


Berg, Stephan, et al., eds. Julian Rosefeldt: Film Works. Ostfildern, 2008.

Film Credits

Julian Rosefeldt (Clown)

Production Manager: Janaina Pessoa
Director of Photography: Vladimir Mancaro
Costume Designer & Make-up Artist: Janaina Pessoa

Sound Supervisor, Re-recording: Tschangis Chahrokh-Zadeh
Foley Artist: Felix Kratzer
Sound Editor: Bernie Maurer
Postproduction: Pictorion das werk berlin GmbH
Project Manager das werk: Tom Michel
Colourist: Nico Hauter
Technical Support: Alex Falk

Camera Supplier: Aion Cinematográfica Rio de Janeiro
Processing & Telecine: Casablanca Rio de Janeiro
Film Stock: Kodak

Shot in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005

Written, directed and produced by Julian Rosefeldt

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Film & Video Works / Clown, 2005