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The Black Sun

The Black Sun

(Die Schwarze Sonne)

Inspired by Delany’s Aye, and Gomorra. A spookily filmic world where asexual bodies live in the contradiction of their unarousable loneliness and desire for intimacy and contact.

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The Black Sun (Die Schwarze Sonne)

Dir: Johannes Hammel, 1992, Austria & Switzerland

In the early sixties, maybe still in his teens, Delany wrote Aye, and Gomorrah. Its Sci-fi premise of radiation-resistant state-neutered space travellers allows him to explore androgyny, sexual identity, fetishisation, state exploitation of non-normative bodies, labour, sex work and reproduction. It’s only 11 pages long, and more than 50 years old, but it discusses all of this with a nuance and subtlety way ahead of its time.

Johannes Hammel’s The Black Sun uses Delany’s story to create a spookily beautiful world—a negative and forever solarised montage of backwards cigarettes, stark make-up and irradiated bodies—where asexual bodies live in the contradiction of their unarousable loneliness and desire for intimacy and contact.

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Johannes Hammel Filmography on Sixpack Trailer on YouTube

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A dimly lit audience watching a film

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

the words 'be the way we are' centred in a projection

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Projection of a film in front of an audience

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Projection of a film in front of an audience

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

A fuzzy purple and green screen shows the words Die Schwarze Sonne
A dimly lit audience watching a film

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

the words 'be the way we are' centred in a projection

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Projection of a film in front of an audience

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Projection of a film in front of an audience

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

A fuzzy purple and green screen shows the words Die Schwarze Sonne

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