Reinhard Manz

Reinhard Manz (1951-2022) was a formative figure in the Basel video and film scene from the end of the 1970s, as an author and realizer, producer and teacher. Since his first artistic video actions, Reinhard Manz took to the streets physically and synthesized the movement of his own body with straightforward thinking: be it in his actions Wegbeschreibung (1979) or Örtliches Denken (1980) in Basel, or in Lisbon with the conceptual installation “Image of a Town” (1980).

Perfectionism and improvisation in his work process were not opposites, but principles. As co-founder of the Videogenossenschaft Basel, he became a pioneer of the regional film and video scene and supported the creation of the BS/BL Film and Media Art Fund.