Secret Life

**Woman**- Helga Wretman
**Cinematography**- Carlos Vasquez
**Produced by** Anamarie Michnevich
**Production Design**: Daniele Fermani
**Art Department**: Michelle Letelier
**Set Construction**: Thomas Maurer, Charles Green
**Director Visual Effects**: Carlos Vasquez
**Additional Cinematography**: Daniele Fermani
**Music**: Hannes Strobl
**Film to Video Transfer**: Philipp Orgassa at "PICTORION WERKSTATT"

**Special Thanks to**
Saskia Draxler
Hermann Nöring
Gabriel Soucheyre
Lies Declerck
Friederike Oberlin
Stuart Isto

For Jane Williams

**Produced in cooperation with**:
European Media Art Festival 49074 Osnabrück / Germany

Videoformes 63002 Clermont Ferrand, Cedex 1 / France

Contour B.2800 Mechelen / Belgium
Secret Machine is the second of the Secrets Trilogy; a cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that frame life and is preceded by Secret Life (2008) and followed by Six Easy Pieces (2010)

In Secret Machine a woman is subjected to Muybridge’s motion studies. She is treated in the same fashion as in the original Muybridge photography: with Greek aesthetic in a Cartesian grid. A short time after Mybridge’s studies, Duchamp painted Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912) attempting to show time on a flat surface. He is expanding cubism and painting into another dimension: time. Time is about movement and change, like our experience of reality. Without change life does not exist. Photography does not capture this experience. In Secret Machine different filming techniques are compared to the motion of the body. The film camera becomes another measurement tool in a way a video camera cannot. The intention was to make an art piece from the point of view of a machine, specifically a camera.

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