|Still (tegning/drawing) From the video The Synthetic Quality|
The Synthetic Quality
The work is made entirely from still images.
It deals with the phenomenon of Verfremdung and demonstrates principles
of “set-ups”; numerous images and sequences are visualisations of a kind of scene
changing and displacements in both time and space – as when colours change by means
of a trick, theatrical illusion, or sleight of hand, or, for instance, when the sky above a hill
suddenly turns black as if a set piece was removed by an invisible stage hand. The
soundtrack plays a part in all this, certain sounds are completely out of synch or
seemingly arbitrary; the sound of water, for instance, a repeated motif, is without
obvious logical connection to the sequence of images. There are also sounds that
seem to come from behind the set such as the sound of keys locking a door and footsteps
down a stairway; maybe these sounds are made by a scene technician locking the place up and
going down the stairs - and home.
The video deals not only with itself but also with the manipulative and fake methods that we are
all presented with and subjected to in almost all visual narratives in mainstream culture in which
all elements, no matter how alien they are to one another, are brought together in a synthesis
that, on the face of it, is persuasive and “true”.
Lars Buchardt, 2013.
|Galerie Sherin Najjar, Berlin (videos shown both inside and outside the gallery )|
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung