RIVER IN FLOOD

RIVER IN FLOOD
HD, 7`60, 2011

Hochwasser am Rhein. 
Eine Suche nach Spuren und Fundstücken bei langsam sinkendem Pegelstand. Für einen kurzen Augenblick werden die gefundenen Objekte zweckentfremdet zu abstrakten Kompositionen.
Wenn die Denkgewohnheit verschwunden sein wird, in Bildern das Abbild von Winkelchen der Natur, von Madonnen und schamhaften Venusgeschöpfen zu sehen, dann werden wir ein reines Produkt der Malerei erblicken. (Kasimir Malewitsch zit. nach Susanne Partsch; 2003, S.205)


High water at the Rhine. 
Found objects become abstract compositions for a few seconds.

According to Plato, all artistic creation is a form of imitation: that which really exists (in the “world of ideas”) is a type created by God; the concrete things man perceives in his existence are shadowy representations of this ideal type. Therefore, the painter, the tragedian, and the musician are imitators of an imitation, twice removed from the truth.
Encyclopedia Britannica; mimêsis (art)

Looking at the main topics of Plato’s aesthetics imitation – or more precisely mimêsis – plays an important role. A mirror reflection might prompt you to look at the thing being reflected; an imitation keeps your eyes on the copy alone. Due to a specific camera angle the video River in Flood can visualize the moment when an object and the imitation of this object become a new hybrid form. The digital video creates a new world where the direct connection of these two ideas of imitation is possible.

 

Exhibition view: 5×3, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, 2014

Kunstraum Düsseldorf