SOPHIE HAMACHER, an artist and filmmaker from Berlin, works primarily with collage, reconfiguring documents, and reclaiming them from their mere informative quality. She has directed and written projects ranging in genres, from full-length documentary to art videos and experimental films. She holds a B.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, a Meisterschuler Degree from the University of the Arts in Berlin and a Masters Degree in Education. She completed the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program in Critical Studies (2005).
Most of Frederick Wisemans films look at the inner workings of institutions, from zoos and opera houses to high schools and welfare offices. In his latest film, Wiseman turns his signature observational gaze to Londons National Gallery, where he looks at the museums board meetings, exhibition-planning, painting restoration, the act of looking, and, of course, the paintings themselves. Over two dinners, I had the pleasure not only of discussing Freds latest film with him, but also his life and work. We talked about the process of making the film, including color correction and editing, as well as various other subjects including literature, the idea of participatory film, and the possibility of democratic filmmaking