Thomas Erben is pleased to present Sleepy Haven (1993), a film by the acclaimed German media artist Matthias Müller. His work was last seen in New York as a stand-out contribution to the International Center of Photography’s 2004 Triennial. No stranger to the local audience, The Museum of Modern Art dedicated a retrospective to him in 1994.
A somnambulistic reverie of sailors adrift in the tumultuously abstract sea of teeming emotion and sexual attraction, Sleepy Haven ingeniously pieces together original as well as appropriated footage. Simultaneously inspired by maritime novels of the late 19th century and by the imagery of avant-garde film landmarks such as Fireworks (Kenneth Anger, 1947) and Un Chant D’Amour (Jean Genet, 1950), the film allows its acoustic and visual material to submerge, dissolve, and conceal.