A TALE OF STONE AND WOOD

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A Tale of Stone and Wood (2009) explores cinema with regard to constructions of history, national identity and collective memory. It takes its starting point in a small village in the Rhodopi Mountains (Bulgaria), which after it was deserted due to restructuring during the Communist regime, was rediscovered by the film industry in the 1970s. Numerous films have been shot …

VIEWFINDER

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Viewfinder (2007-2008) is a video montage based upon an amateur film/video archive from a person (b.1920) from 1950 to present day. By deconstructing and reassembling the material the video jumps in time and space and investigates phenomenology and the materializing of memory in regards to image production and documentation. The identity of the geographies as well as the biography of …

TRAVELOGUE OF AN UNKNOWN CITY

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Travelogue of an Unknown City (2007/09) takes its starting point in a compilation of material from a wide range of different geographies. The material consists of video, audio, photos and narratives about the respective places derived from a variety of sources. The exact identity of location is not in focus. Dispersed are short excerpts from guidebooks taken out of context, …

THE STORY OF AUTOMATIKA

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The Story of Automatika (w/Vahram Aghasyan) is the fictional story of a factory. A factory established in 1929, which through internal and external changes- change of ownership, shift of power, inflation, natural catastrophes and post-colonialism – today is a factory trying to reestablish itself through, among other strategies, the revival of a prototype from the 70s, discovered in a former …

DAS GELÄNDE

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Das Gelände (2004-05) follows the construction of an indoor tropical amusement park in a former airship hangar, localized on what was previously a Soviet military base. In the video the history of the landscape is being uncovered simultaneously with the construction of an artificial indoor landscape being observed. As facilities change functions, the layers of history become evident. The visible …

CABIN ECOLOGY

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The poster Cabin Ecology (2006) deals with the rhetoric of labeling and classification systems within natural science as well as popular science, including its political interactions. Specifically the idea of invasive species, which is the defined terminology used for alien species considered a threat to the environment. There is an international organ with selected members whom decides what species are …

C. MUTICA’S HYPOTHETICAL JOURNEY

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C. Mutica’s Hypothetical Journey (2005) tells the story of a ‘skeleton-shrimp’ named Caprella Mutica. A small marine organism, originally from Vladivostok that probably with ballast water spread throughout the world. This highly adaptable and opportunistic specie was first discovered in the Northeast Pacific in 1930 and was in 1999 detected in Norway. It is today being researched whether it is …

OASIS

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Oasis (2005) deals with plants produced for indoor use such as malls and hotels. The plants are often preserved, a process where they remain real but everlasting (ref. video ‘a landscape with no horizon’). Prior to the preservation process the plants are disassembled hence the preserved plants consist of modules, which are later put together according to the customer’s wish. …

A LANDSCAPE WITH NO HORIZON

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A Landscape with No Horizon (2004) follows the journey of tropical plants from nature to a shopping mall, via a factory where they are preserved. The plants look identical afterwards as prior to the preservation process, but they’ve become everlasting. The plants, which are disassembled before the process are reconstructed according to the wish of the customer. The voiceover is …