video installation (with Tia Schmidt)
The installation consists of 3 thematically ordered films shot during
an artists’ symposium in Vierraden near the Polish border. Fourteen
European artists were invited to work within the broadly defined theme
of ‘art beyond limits’.
The installation runs on three monitors showing:
1) the artists’ work and programme of
events in the disused tobacco warehouse and villa where traces can be
seen of the various previous functions of the buildings,
2) the town of Vierraden, a former tobacco-growers’
village exemplifying the only partial success of the drive to rebuild
the former GDR, and
3) the surrounding area characterised by its
border situation, on the one side the national park, on the other Europe’s
By running the 3 films parallel, the documentary material is transformed
into a picture and sound collage. The themes are distinct but inextricably
linked: each reflects and influences to the others. Only together do
they give an impression of the situations and atmospheres during these
ten days in July 2001. Associations on the theme of ‘border’
such as parting but also approaching and meeting are brought out in
a highly subjective manner.
As the films run in loops of different lengths, ever new combinations
of picture and sound are created.