Category Archives: Video

Automatic Door

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The automatic door of a bank building and its inscription rotate steadily. Thus, the city’s reflections are
replicated in a fragmented manner. This process runs asynchronously to a sequence shown on a
monitor placed next to the revolving door.

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Automatic Door  Automatiktür
Commerzbank AG, Head Quarter
Frankfurt am Main 2011
Video Installation / Exhibition View
Apple HDV / Quicktime Movie H.264 / 1920×1080 / 25p
Mute. 12 min 15 sec. Loop

Commerzbank Logo

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Lobby, Headquarters of the Commerzbank, Frankfurt on the Main: Upon opening and closing of a round glass door, its movable elements shift the inscription lines of the company logo affixed to the door. The characters slide past one another, shortly stop and spin back. The camera records these movements. Monitors function as their multiplication.

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RGB

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LIGHT AS PLAYER
Burkhard Brunn

On board of a double-deck carriage of a regional train the view wanders past two blue backrests through a glass door at the top left – two, three steps up – towards a young, blond women, who is sitting motionless. Sunlight flits over the horizontally assembled handrail in the screen’s centre, wriggles on the steps and slithers up and down the grabpole. The bouncing light is the player in this space. Behind the sectioned windows – just barely visible – trees rush past. Outside speed and inside a sometimes brighter gleaming, sometimes a darker static stillness, which is streaked or abruptly punctuated by flitting light spots accompanied by vague and inscrutable reflections of the landscape that flash by horizont­ally. At the upper right of the image, there is a display to provide infor­mation for the passengers. This monitor either flickers in red, green or blue. Then suddenly all is immersed in red. Red surface. Like an explosion of the monitor. Then the motionless profile of the woman and the scintil­lating light. Then suddenly all is immersed in green. Green surface. Then the stone-still woman and the straying light. Then all is immersed in blue. Blue surface. Light within space or coloured surface? Space or surface – the long established problem of painting. Then from the front and in full screen, the train conductress approaches, the young women turns her head and will soon get off.

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Day of Victory

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On May 8th and 9th, on the Day of the Victory over Fascism, a national holiday in Russia, Moscow’s huge video screens in the city centre do not display any advertising spots but show dramatic film scenes from the Second World War, the triumph of the Red Army. From a stationary camera position the large screens are recorded as an essential component of the city.
In the year 2009, the war events on the screens, the urban traffic and the flying flags blend rather naturally into parallel processes. In the year 2010, the house on the riverbank – residence of the Muscovite nomenklatura during the thirties – serves as background for the war events on the screens and the urban traffic.

Day of Victory. Moscow, May 9, 2010
Tag des Sieges. Moskau, 9. Mai 2009
Apple HDV / Quicktime Movie
H.264 / 1920×1080 / 25p
Mute. 14 min 56 sec. Loop

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Day of Victory. Moscow, May 9, 2010
Tag des Sieges. Moskau, 9. Mai 2010
Video Stills
Apple HDV / Quicktime Movie
H.264 / 1920×1080 / 25p
Mute. 17 min 56 sec. Loop

 

Transformer House Wall / Two Doors

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Despite their prohibition, graffiti advance further towards Moscow’s city centre. As a kind of non-conformist expression, graffiti are not tolerated. Instead of taking costly restoring measures, the public authorities have the house walls partially repainted in different colour shades of oil- and dispersion paint. Structured house walls come into being through these large multi-coloured sections.
Some house walls are systematically photographed, section-by-section, and then digitally pieced together to large formats. The texture of the wall and the paint structures are meticulously captured. A strong illusion of spatial depth is achieved by combining numerous individual perspectives. The wall sections with their repainted traces will be brought to other (exhibition-)spaces as large-sized photographic works/objects.

 

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Bus Station

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Slips of paper are pasted to the rear walls of Muscovite supermarkets or at bus stations. The public authorities remove them again. New slips of paper will be applied: These concern private offers and wanted ads for rooms, apartments, massages, computer assistance and instant loans. These notes built a thick layer of paper, which is fraying on the edges.
The video work shows the rear wall of a bus station, pasted with slips of paper, which gently rise and fall in every gust of wind. Simultaneously, the observer perceives through the glass or reflected in it the movements of the city. In this video installation the projector’s fan seems to generate the wind stirring the slips of paper.

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Bus Station  Bushaus    
Moskau 2010
galerie baer. Dresden 2013
Video Installation / Exhibition View
Apple HDV / Quicktime Movie H.264 / 1920×1080 / 25p
Mute. 60 min. Loop

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Frankfurt Window

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The former Oberfinanzdirektion / Regional Finance Office building on Adickesallee in Frankfurt: On the eighth floor, a view of the cityscape is recorded, indirectly, using only the reflections in a window. By slowly moving the window, the buildings of the surrounding neighbourhood gradually appear at one edge of the pane and disappear at the other edge. The wall recesses visible through the window pane, and the window frame divide the video vertically. In contrast, the skyline, as well as the lines of the moving window blinds pass through horizontally. The video starts and ends with the window closed.

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Storming of Berlin

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The Museum of the Great Patriotic War, Poklonnaya Gora, in Moscow is devoted to the commemoration of the victory of the Red Army over fascism in World War II. The gigantic building in the western part of the Russian capital was inaugurated in 1995, during the Yeltsin era. However, the decision for constructing such a memorial had, already been taken by the Central Committee back in 1957. Even in Russia 2.0, this symbolic place represents the heart of the post-communist official state policy, as the ceremonies of the anniversaries of the victory over Nazi Germany allways show.

The video work Sturm auf Berlin (Storming of Berlin) is based on one out of six battle dioramas, exhibited in the basement of the intensely frequented Poklonnaya Gora. Combining paintings and real objects, the museum’s installation depicts a fight scene of the Soviet Army in Berlin with bombed-out houses and the burning Reichstag in the background. The historical reference is the final battle of Berlin, which lasted from April 16th until May 2nd 1945. On April 30th, the Red Army had occupied the Reichstag building and on May 2nd, 1945 World War II. had ended, upon the final surrender of the German forces.

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