The 12-minute video work Who is the third that walks beside you? (test pattern variations) refers to William S. Burroughs' book The Third Mind, and deals with the complexity of human perception. The layers of images as well as the sounds fluctuate between computer-generated randomness and the artist’s decision, creating a semi-autonomic creative intelligence, seemingly operating outside the individual components of the film.
... and let me quote to you young officers this phrase: ‘No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.’
-- Burroughs/Gysin, The Third Mind, Viking Press, New York, 1978
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Bernhard Schreiner studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Frankfurt with the avant-garde film artist Peter Kubelka. Schreiner's work is spread over diverse media such as sound, photography, film, and installation. The phantom kind of sound is somehow central, expressed either in sound installations or on silk-screen prints and photographs, which the artist additionally connects to the 'spirit photography' of the late 19th century. In the very manner Schreiner manipulates images of famous musicians such as John Coltrane or Glenn Gould.
Lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. +info