Category Archives: Video

LENIN

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The video shows a bust of Lenin full-screen standing at its place in the main hall of the Leningradsky Railway Station in Moscow. The bust is bathed in a storm of ever-changing colourful light of promotional video clips cast from the huge video screen opposite. The bust is highlighted in the colourful illumination and vanishes again in the dark, thus it oscillates between sculpture and two-dimensionality.

LENIN
Moscow 2009
Capture 10
Digital Video (XGA or PAL)
Mute. 8 min 5 sec. Loop

LENIN

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Lenin’s sculpture, frozen in a vibrant gesture, towers in front of dark clouds floating past the sky and behind the rhythmically rising water jets of a water game at Moskovskaya Square in Saint Petersburg. Sometimes the water game blankets the monument. The alternating sunlight shows the sculpture of Lenin either three-dimensionally or as a plane silhouette. Three directions of movement run simultaneously: the clouds passing by horizontally, the vertically climbing water jets and the diagonally rising and subsiding sunlight. These movements are in contrast to the rigid presence of the sculpture.

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LENIN
Saint Petersburg 2009
Apple HDV / Quicktime Movie H.264 / XGA or PAL
Mute. 28 min 56 sec. Loop

ПРАВДА / PRAVDA

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20 km north of Moscow spreads the small town, which bears the name of the popular state-owned newspaper of the USSR “Pravda”. Pravda means truth and justice.
At the town’s station people are waiting underneath the place-name sign, which is obliterated by passing trains and becomes again and again visible.
My presence on the other platform and the clearly exposed video camera are accepted by the travelers without comment. The on-going shooting is turned into the counterpart of waiting.

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TABLE

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The view is directed vertically at a round red table at a sidewalk café recorded from a balcony of an apartment on the fourth floor in the centre of Algiers. A group of men is sitting around the table conversing. The men just appear in small sections on the periphery. The movements on the margins are in contrast to the motionless centre of the image.

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TABLE  TISCH 
Algiers 2009
Lobby, Commerzbank AG, Head Quarter
Frankfurt am Main 2011
Video Installation / Exhibition View
Digital Video (DV-Cam) / DVD PAL
Mute. 40 min 30 sec. Loop

Residential Complex

In the process of research certain leads directed me to a larg­e residential complex not far from the centre of Algiers. During the 1960s, the prominent architect Fernand Pouillon planned several residential complexes for the French and Algerian population. His projects are remarkable due to their adjustment to the topography, their differentiated design of buildings and open space as well as the integration of traditional African elements into modern architecture. Pouillon’s large residential complexes still exist in our days, among Algiers’ citizens they are considered as much sought after places of residence.

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Playing Field

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Over the course of one year, this video series (22 parts) shows always the same section: a playing field with a climbing contraption, behind that a school and a residential block, as well as a couple of trees, recorded through a window with a fixed camera. The horizontal pathway together with the vertical trees and the left window frame form a raster. The movement of the window pane causes the reflection to wander, whereby the things move and the people, who at a direct view walk along the pathway, seem to go into the opposite direction and to disappear. Thus, astounding presumptions, synchronisms and repetitions are generated, dependent on the position of the reflecting window wing. The video sequences start and end with the images of the inner surface of the window wing, which upon opening and closing, in a close proximity to the lens, generate a broad black field.

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Красная Линия / Red Line

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In the Russian language the terms ‘красивый’ (beautiful) and ‘красный’ (red) are related. Yet, in German ‘the colour red’ is often understood as a kind of warning. Furthermore, in both cultures ‘the colour red’ bears a political significance.
The video shows a long panel of red tulle, which has been spread out across a pathway and over a free, snow-covered space. The pedestrians cross the red line without hesitation. The crosswind sculpts the delicate material into calligraphic figures and finally blows it off the image.

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Красная Линия  Red Line  Rote Linie
Moscow 2009
Apple HDV / Quicktime Movie H.264 / 1920×1080 / 25p
Mute. 25 min. Loop

Almaty House

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Das Wohnhaus in Almaty – mit feststehender Kamera durch ein Fenster des gegenüberliegenden Hauses aufgenommen – erscheint sowohl in direkter Sicht als auch in den Spiegelungen der bewegten Fensterflügel des Wohnraums und des davorliegenden Balkons, in denen sich das Haus verschiebt, sodass immer andere Partien der Fassade und sehr unterschiedliche Fenstergestaltungen sichtbar werden.
Die Wohnungen des Plattenbaus sind im Besitz der Bewohner, die ihre Fenster nach eigenen Möglichkeiten gestalten. Daraus ergibt sich eine differenzierte Fenster- und Fassadenstruktur.

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Almaty. Kazakhstan 2008
Digital Video (DV-Cam) / DVD PAL
Mute. 12 min 12 sec. Loop

 

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Almaty. Kazakhstan 2008
Digital Video (DV-Cam) / DVD PAL
Mute. 13 min 52 sec. Loop

 

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Almaty. Kazakhstan 2008
Digital Video (DV-Cam) / DVD PAL
Mute. 10 min 30 sec. Loop

Half Pipe

A half pipe is filmed from a high window. The reflection, separated from the direct view by the vertical window frame, seemingly completes the ramp’s shape. Yet, the window reflects the part outside of the image, and the boy on his BMX bike performing looping manoeuvres leads continuously back to the divided image.

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Half Pipe  Halfpipe    
Dresden 2008
Digital Video (DV-Cam) / DVD PAL
Mute. 10 min 30 sec. Loop