A wall-mounted flat screen, i.e. the "frosted screen", becomes the windshield of a car that seems to be driving through heavy rainy weather (=tears) in the dark of the night. At regular intervals, the windshield wipers clean the (monitor) window like the blink of an eye. From the car radio one hears reports about the first two months of the Corona Pandemic, i.e. January and February 2020.
A wall-mounted flatscreen, i.e. the "ground glass", becomes the windshield of a car that seems to be driving through heavy rainy weather (=tears) in the dark of night. At regular intervals, the windshield wipers clean the (monitor) window like the blink of an eye. From the car radio one hears reports about the first two months of the Corona Pandemic, i.e. January and February 2020.
With the central-perspective view of a first-person shooter, the viewer seems to drive through an uncomfortable and obscure world, with a fixed gaze directed into the distance, but never arriving anywhere (loop). One literally drives against the wall.
On a mini-monitor (the speedometer) not the speed is measured, but the days we are racing past. On the "car radio" appears the date of the message to be heard. We "learn" about the spread of an unknown virus and what protective measures are recommended and taken.
The title "Rasender Stillstand" refers to Paul Virillo's 1987 essay of the same name, published in the book of the same title that appeared in French in 1990 and in German in 1992.
I think the title describes today's times very well and it can also be understood as furious standstill, as in "furious with rage."
In my research, I first realized that Virillo's text is understood, not only by me, as an apt description of the current "Corona crisis." Mostly, however, it is interpreted in a very one-dimensional way, namely as if the pandemic had (finally) put an abrupt end to our restless and wasteful life before and we are now slowed down and forced to think and turn around.
But actually this is not about a succession (first the unbridled life and then the prison sentence), but rather about the schizophrenic state of a simultaneity of enormous acceleration of digital communication with total paralysis of the body. "Swept along by the tremendous violence of speed, we move nowhere." (Virillo) and "The greater mobility becomes, the greater control becomes." (Virillo).
Young people race through virtual landscapes and war zones as first-person shooters in their computer games, work their controllers with their nimble fingers, and become fat and clumsy themselves because they no longer move from the couch.
According to Virillo, the new techniques of instant interactivity have made us "much closer to what is far away than to our immediate neighbor, increasingly detached from ourselves." This loss of one's own body leads, according to Virillo, to the "void" of a virtual environment, a space-time whose telecommunication technologies are both the origin and the end." First people were fixed in houses, then in "automotive furniture" and means of transportation, then by telepresence (Virillo) - a journey without a journey and a locomotion without locomotion (Virillo)
2018/19. photo series
55,0 x 32,2 cm, fine art print on Hahnemühle paper
This portrait series shows construction workers and street vendors in Bangkok. By wearing protective clothing and masking their faces, these people working under harsh conditions protect themselves from injury, strong sun, dust and air pollution. In doing so, they often create fascinating combinations of colors and patterns.
Production Assistant: Varinth Sukpong
Exhibition Goethe Institut Brasil - 2018
2020, Photo series
55,0 x 32,2 cm, fine art print on Hahnemühle paper
The portrait series was taken from 04 to 08 March 2020 on the Pitztal Glacier in the Austrian Tyrol. The skiers and snowboarders in their mostly brightly colored clothing protect themselves with helmets, goggles, scarves and masks from injuries and sun, from cold, wind and snow. Their fashionable-futuristic look moves between individual design and conformity and features interesting variations.
The Covid 19 pandemic seemed far at the beginning of March 2020, although it was already raging very close in Italy. A few days later, the lockdown also took place in Austria and Germany. Now we wear masks to protect ourselves from viral infection.
2018, 11:02 min, 360° video (work in progress).
Prostitutes flirt with you, the potential client. They gather around the 360° camera (or you) and offer their services and try to seduce you. They amuse themselves with you and their laughter becomes shriller and shriller.
360-degree videos make the viewer* physically immerse in another world. Normally the panorama promises a wide and free view, but in my work "The Client" (2018) I want to put the viewer in a claustrophobic situation. Observed and approached by intrusive women, we seem to be trapped in the center and at their mercy. We can only turn around our own axis.
The video was shot in Bangkok with prostitutes and their pimps.
2012, 13:28 min, Full HD video for a flat screen monitor or projection.
The white bedspread becomes a restlessly moving creature. The artist is hidden and trapped inside it.
2012, 12:15 min, HD Video
Like actors on a stage, people in their (bathing) costumes act here on the Baltic Sea beach accompanied by heavy thunder and a dramatic change of light. This scenery appears almost artificial, as if it were a studio backdrop, illuminated by large spotlights. A squawking radio barely audibly plays a live report on the racist attacks on the Central Reception Center for Asylum Seekers and a hostel for Vietnamese contract workers in Rostock-Lichtenhagen. At the end, Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" is heard. A happy ending?
Sound mixing: Christian Obermaier
Postproduction: Franziska Röhlig
2016, 12:01 min, Full HD video for a flatscreen monitor or a room-based projection.
A group of young people tirelessly tries to get into the (video) frame from all sides. The "intruders" look expectantly towards us, but have to take cover again and again and are driven away. They don't manage to cross the borders....
Actors: Ana Jelusic, Anna Maysuk, Annika Haas, André Hörmeyer, Büke Schwarz, Catalina Gómez Alvarez, Claudia Damm, David Pollmann, Elena Gómez Alvarez, Elisa Gómez Alvarez, Enrico Ticconi, Fatemeh Irandoost, Fergus Johnson, Franziska Seehausen, Hans Kannewitz, Jonas Alsleben, Jonas Reigardt, Juan Harcha, Justus Heitzelmann, Liang Zhipeng, Malte Weber, Michael Bertuleit, Nico Henke, Paul Riemann, Silke Schwarz, Theresia Kimmel, Timo Kreitz.
Camera: Thomas Kutschker, assistance: Elisa Gómez Alvarez / Büke Schwarz,
Postproduction: Franziska Röhlig, Sound Design: Christian Obermaier
SOUS-MARINS / SUBMARINES
2015, 10:27 min, Full HD video for a large video projection or a flat screen monitor.
Out of the black of the video image appear the heads of divers, equipped with different snorkels, goggles and caps. They observe us and disappear again underground.
The behavior described in the off-camera commentary makes the divers seem like strange creatures, aggressive and voracious, camouflaging and defending themselves, mating and dying. The French term "sous-marin" means not only "underwater," but also submarine, mole, and colloquially agent and spy....
The off-text was inspired by underwater films, such as "Les amours de la pieuvre" , 1965 and "Histoires de crevettes", 1964 by Jean Painlevé (1902-1989). The behavior of octopuses, giant squids, jellyfish, seahorses, dolphins, manatees and other sea creatures is described. The soundtrack by Tobias Purfürst is based on electronic music of the 60s.
The video work can be shown on a flatscreen monitor or in a cinema-like context, or as a site-specific projection in which the oversized heads emerge not from the center of the image but from the bottom edge of a wall or window, giving the impression that the heads are emerging directly from a pool of water.
Performers: Sabine Dohnke, Antje Göthling, Justus Göthling, Frauke Hönsch-Kaczmarek, Ingo Kaczmarek, Thorsten Klettke, Angela Nenov, Louisa Rusch, Thomas Schaal, Günter Schlabitz
Location: Tauchzentrale Berlin-Kreuzberg
Director: Anna Anders
Camera: Thomas Kutschker
Assistance: Franziska Röhlig
Sound recording: Christoph Baumgarten
Editing: Anna Anders
Color correction: Till Beckmann
Narrator: Francois Rossier, Ben Posener
VENICE VANISHED2011, 17:32 min, Full HD video for a flat screen.
The video can be viewed like a painting on the wall or a view out of the window. First you see only a gray wall of fog until gradually the first boats appear. The fog slowly lifts and lets us guess where we are. The sounds condense into a sound composition. More and more ships cross the canal like a busy highway until a large steamer takes away our view again and makes Venice disappear.
Sound Design: Christian Obermaier
born in Munich, Germany
since 1986 artistic work with video (single-channel tapes and installations)
lives in Berlin, Germany
since 2005 professor for moving images at the Universität der Künste Berlin (The Berlin University of the Arts), faculty of design
1997 – 2001
artistic assistant at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Department of Media Art
1995 – 1997
independent video productions for various cultural institutions
1992 – 1995
postgraduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Department of Media Art
1989 – 1992
production assistant at Bayerischer Rundfunk-Fernsehen (Bavarian Television) in Munich for cultural programs as "Kulturreport", "KulturPlus" and "Capriccio"
1980 – 1986
studies at Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Academy of Fine Arts Munich)
SOLO- AND DOUBLE EXHIBITION
Goethe Institut Porto Alegre, Brasilien
"Trugbilder (Mirages)", solo show a spart of the festival "Filmwinter Stuttgart" (catalog)
"Lichte Momente“ (Light Moments), Osnabrück, Germany (together with Niklas Goldbach)
"Entrance“, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
"On-Off", Galerie Dagmar Schmidla, Cologne
"Covered", Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
"Changing Room", Galerie Petra Stilper, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
"Time Shift", Galerie Projektraum Interaction, Berlin (together with Mercedes Barros)
"Beauty", KIBLA - Multimedia Center, Maribor, Slovenia
"Windows", Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin (together with Maria Vedder)
"Vamos a la Playa“, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld (together with Fran Dropkin)
"Body-Bilder" (Body Images), Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Gastspiel" (Guest Performance), Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, Germany (catalog)
"Art Cologne 04", video space, Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Face to Face", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Shower", 4 video projections, Galleri K1, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
"Life Size", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Schaulust" (Curiosity), Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne, Germany
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)
“Now to Then”, ArtPort Kingston, New York, 7.-28.02.2021
"Play“, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (start due to Corona pandemic uncertain)
"Reset“, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, from 02.10.2021
"The Mediterranean Biennale“, curators Belu-Simion Fainaru, Avital Bar-Shay, Haifa, Israel, (start due to Corona pandemic uncertain)
"Fata Morgana - in Between“, video screening, Galerie Nord / Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin
"Facing Realities“, organised by The Art Union in a garden colony in Berlin
"Dokuments and Videos from the Wulf Herzogenrath-Archive“, Akademie der Künste Berlin
"Haushalt. Die Dinge und ich." (Household. The Things and Me), Städtische Galerie Sohle 1, Berkamen
"Heimat?"(Homeland?), QR code exhibition at project space Deutscher Künstlerbund in Berlin, Germany
"in_visible limits", Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil, Switzerland (catalog)
"Desperate Housewives? Female Artists Clean Up", Staatliches Textil- and Industriemuseum, Augsburg, Germany (catalog)
"Capture the Future: Elusive Identity", German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) Berlin, Germany
"Fund Art“, charity auction in cooperation with Sotheby's, Austria (catalog)
"in_visible limits", Kunsthaus Interlaken, Switzerland
"in_visible limits", Kunstverein Konstanz, Germany
"in_visible limits", Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Germany
"Desperate Housewives? Female Artists Clean Up", Städtische Galerie, Villingen-Schwenningen
"Desperate Housewives? Female Artists Clean Up", Kunstmuseum Mühlheim an der Ruhr
"Desperate Housewives? Female Artists Clean Up", Kunstsammlungen Zwickau, Max-Pechstein-Museum, Germany
"Desperate Housewives. Künstlerinnen räumen auf“ (Female Artist are Cleaning Up), Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, Germany
"AMOCA", Arab Museum of Contemporary Art, Sakhnin, Israel
"Avesta Art“, Avesta, Sweden
"Avesta Winter Art“, Avesta, Sweden
"Underground“, Fort de Schoenenbourg, Alsace/France (catalog)
"Aus Ernst wird Spaß … das Ironische in der Kunst", Projektraum Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin
"Second Mediterranean Biennale“ Sakhnin, Israel
"Schauplatz“, Galerie Stilper, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
"VK-Kunst“, Galerie Greulich, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
"Museumsbauhütte II", Werkbundarchiv-Museum der Dinge, Berlin, Germany
"Aufstand der Dinge", MIM & MORE Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
"Wechselausstellung I“, Galerie Stilper, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
"Intimacy. Das Bad in der Kunst" (The Bath in Art), Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Germany (catalog)
"The First Mediterranean Bienniale of Contemporary Art, Haifa, Israel
"Stars & Sternchen“, FEX. Plattform für Medienkunst, lange Nacht der Museen, Stuttgart, Germany
"CASZ-Moving Images in Public Space", Contemporary Art Screen Zuidas, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ars Electronica, Science Centre, Singapore
"CASZ-Moving Images in Public Space", Contemporary Art Screen Zuidas, Amsterdam, Netherlands
"40jahrevideokunst.de - was fehlt", Projektraum Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin, Germany
"Cologne Fine Arts“, Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Der gestohlene Blick", Art Loss Registers auf der "Exponatec", Cologne, Germany
"Mädels", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Strictly Berlin", Galerie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany
"Art Cologne 05", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Sauber oder Rein?", DASA (Deutsche Arbeitsschutzausstellung), Dortmund, Germany
"Der elektronische Raum", Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Germany
"Kunst Köln", Kunstmesse, at Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Art Brussels", Kunstmesse Brüssel, at Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Brussels, Belgium
"Be Clean...!.Sei sauber...!", Musée d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxembourg
"Medium Medien", Kunstverein Lingen, Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany
"Black & White", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Luxembourg
"Second International Installation Triennale", Haifa Museum of Art, Israel
"Art Brussels", Kunstmesse Brüssel, bei Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Brussels, Belgium
"Schweigen", Oberlandesgericht Köln, Germany
"Strictly Public", Galerie Kultur Köln 30, Cologne, Germany
"Arche Noah", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"streams of encounter", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan (catalog)
"Video-Skulpturen in Deutschland seit 1963", touring exhibition of the Instituts für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa): Museo de Arte de Lima, Museu Paco das Artes, São Paulo und Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires. Kurator: Prof. Dr. Wulf Herzogenrath (catalog)
"Art Cologne 02", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Arsenal/Armoury", Wandelhalle e.V., Cologne, Germany
"untouchable", Foro Artistico, Hannover, Germany
"Art Brussels", art fair Brussels/Belgium, Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Zeitmaschine" (Time Machine), Museum of Fine Arts Berne, Switzerland (catalog)
"Formen der Gewalt" (Forms of Violence), Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Spielart", theater festival, Munich, Germany
"Tempo", Schloß Untergröningen, a castle near Stuttgart, Germany (catalog)
"The very Last", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Art Cologne 00", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"...laufend Bilder", Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Germany
"Kunstbaden", Kulturamt Wiesbaden, Germany (catalog)
"Avesta Art 2000", Avesta, Sweden
"The very first", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"reality checkpoint - Körperszenarien", Edith-Ruß-Haus, Oldenburg, Germany
"Denkpause", Wandelhalle e.V., Cologne, Germany
"Art Cologne 99", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Aus nächster Ferne", Neue Galerie Landshut, Bavaria, Germany
"Ars Electronica 99", Ars Electronica Center Linz, Austria
"1. Marler Video-Installations-Preis", Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany
"1. Marler Video-Installations-Preis", Bellevuesaal, Kulturamt Wiesbaden, Germany
"COMTECart 98", computer art fair, Dresden, Germany
"Art Cologne 98", Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany
"Brückengang", video projection in the window of a temporary construction trailer in Cologne, Germany
"8. Marler Video-Kunst-Preis", Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten (museum for sculptures), Marl, Germany,
"Der Spiegel", Künstlerarchiv Lothringerstraße, Munich, Germany
"Arena - Kunst & Sport" (Arena – Art & Sport), city hall, Munich, Germany
"Folie", Deutzer Brücke, Cologne (in the hollow inner space of the Deutz Bridge), organized by the Wandelhalle e.V., Germany
"top ’97", a women’s media art exhibition at Messe (fair grounds), Düsseldorf, Germany
"Video-Skulpturen in Deutschland seit 1963", touring exhibition since 1994 (Rostock, Hongkong, Tokyo, Singapor, Groningen, Den Haag u.a.), organized by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa, Institute for Foreign Cultural Affairs), curator: Prof. Dr. Wulf Herzogenrath, "Videowächter"
"Auktion", Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
"World Wide Video Festival", exhibition, The Hague, The Netherlands
"Ich & Du - Kommunikation und Neue Medien", Museum für Gestaltung (Museum for Design), Zurich, Switzerland
"Art Cologne 94", Nordstern-Kunstversicherung (art insurance company), Cologne, Germany
"Platons Höhle" (Platon’s Cave), Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum Hagen, Germany
"Multiple Arts Maastricht 1994", Maastricht, Belgium
"day & night", Handwerkskammer Köln, an exhibition by the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
"Blickpunkt München", Kunstbunker Tumulka, Munich, Germany
"Art Cologne 93", Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
"Videokunst in München 1992", Berufsverband Bildender Künstler (BBK), Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstraße, Munich, Germany
"Dialog/Fragmente", video installations in the Glyptothek, Munich, Germany
"Förderpreise '91 - Vorschläge der Jury", Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstraße, Munich, Germany "Maiandacht", proT-Theater, Munich, Germany
"Video-Arbeiten von Barbara Hammann und Anna Anders", KunstBetrieb Dachau near Munich, Germany
FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS (selection)
Galerie Art Claims Impuls Berlin
Short is Beautiful!, Peninsula, Berlin, Germany
Projektraum FAQ, Bremen, Germany
Videobox, Galerie der Künstler, Munich, Germany
Video Screening at Veronika Veit's show "The Very Moment", MaximiliansForum, Munich, Germany
Videoformes, Clerrmont Ferrand, France
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
Rheinisches LandesMuseum Bonn, Germany
Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum, China
Share Festival, Turin, Italy
Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Westfalen, Germany
LineaRes – Von Punkt zu Punkt, Steinhöfel, Brandenburg, Germany
Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany
APEX, Göttingen, Germany
MIM&MORE, Berlin, Germany
Media Scape, Novigrad, Croatia
Video program of the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln on the Art Cologne 07 fair, Germany
"Silent Shorts", Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf, Medienhafen, Düsseldorf, Germany
"Filmforum", Kino Blackbox, Düsseldorf, Germany
"Brooklyn Euphoria", Volume, Brooklyn, New York, USA
"Gewalt_Macht_Spaß", Evangelische Stadtakademie am Römerberg, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
"RE/ACT-Festival", Heidelberg, Germany
"The International Festival of New Film", Split, Kroatia (catalog)
"Media Art Festival Friesland", Leeuwarden, The Netherlands (catalog)
"Filmfest München", Programm VideoArt & Experimental, Gasteig Munich, Germany (catalog)
"Media Forum Festival", MediaArtLab, Moskow, Russia
"Zeitgenössische Film- und Videokunst aus Deutschland", Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany
"European Media Art Festival", Osnabrück, Germany (catalog)
"EMAF Tour 2002/03", Goethe-Institute Bratislawa, Warschau and Danzig; CaixaForum, Barcelona; Goethe-Institut, Guadalajara
"Video Folkwang VII", "EMAF Tour 2002/03", Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
"backup", festival, Weimar, Germany
"Viper", video festival/Video Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
"European Media Art Festival", Osnabrück, Germany
"ArtKino", Kunstverein Coburg, Germany
"Audiovisions", music videos by the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Germany
"Städtebilder III", Kinemathek Brotfabrik, Bonn, Germany
"Gegen den Strich", collection of Heinrich Miess, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
"petits fours - Videos auf Leinwand", Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstraße, Munich, Germany
"ArtKino", art fair "Art Frankfurt", Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Festival für Experimentalfilm (Festival for Experimental Film), Goethe-Institut Tirana, Albania
"All or Nothing", CinéMAC, Marseille, France
"not enough TV", moving art studio, Brüssel/Brussels, Belgium
"Le Mas", video festival, Nîmes, France
"7. Marler Video-Kunst-Preis", video program on tour: Marl, Karlsruhe, Wiesbaden, Berlin, Hannover, Bremen, Munich, Germany
"Video Vision", city hall, Munich, Germany
"VideoArt Festival", Locarno, Switzerland
"VideoFest Berlin", video program by the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany
"Dokumentarfilm & Videofest", Dock 4, Kassel, Germany
"European Media Art Festival", Osnabrück, Germany
"Europa 94 – video program", city hall, Munich, Germany
"6. Marler Video-Kunst-Preis", video program on tour through Germany and abroad, organized by the Goethe-Institut
"Kunstfilm 1 - Köln, München, Frankfurt", Berufsverband Bildender Künstler (BBK), Munich, Germany
"Video Art 90", Cork, Ireland
"Videotage Salzgitter 90", Salzgitter, Germany
"Videofilme aus München", Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
"12", city hall, Munich, Germany
WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Foundation IMAI Düsseldorf, several video works
Rheinisches LandesMuseum Bonn, „Glasreiniger“, photography
Kunsthalle Bremen, "Videoaufsichten für Bremen", video installation
Museé d’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, "Badewonne", video installation
Ars Electronica Center Linz/Österreich, "Touchscreen", interactive video installation
Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, "Touchscreen", interactive video installation
honorable mention by the Verband der deutschen Filmkritik (Association of The German Film Critics), awarded for the video "Schlag auf Schlag" on the European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, April 2002
special recognition by the COMTECart Dresden, Germany for the installation "Touchscreen"
1st Marl Video Art Prize for the installation "Touchscreen"
honorable mention of the 7th Marl Video Art Prize for "Shower", awarded a four week scholarship for the Academy of Media Arts Cologne
project scholarship by the State Capitol of Munich for "Schützen schiessen"
scholarship award for video art by the Bavarian Government