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Michaela Schwentner

des souvenirs vagues, 2009

Summer Cinema under the Stars:

August 21 - September 3 2010

daily 8.00 - 11.30 p.m

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1970 in Linz, lives in Vienna
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Michaela Schwentner, »des souvenirs vagues«, 2009

35 mm, 7’

 
Des souvenirs vagues deals with the phenomena of perception, illusion and memory and their transformation. The emphasis here is on a combination of motion studies, reflections on mimesis and memory and on the attempt to re-stage memory processes through poetic transformation.

The scenes in question are sequences lifted out of context, which appear very familiar to us mainly because of their run-of-the-mill motion sequences. What we get is the interplay between aesthetic and social components. The artist is interested in the reception of film images that are no longer dependent on an overarching narrative context. Individual sequences become available for a re-reading that is not conditioned by the original environment – without permitting unambiguous conclusions or an effect of recognition. The use of camouflage techniques – makeup, masks, costumes – makes a conclusive identification of the characters impossible. Deletion of the spatial structure is designed to create a mysterious, fleeting atmosphere – a poetic momentum that dissolves concrete representation into light, into nothingness. Space becomes a projection screen for the imagination, for memories. But what remains for our eyes to see? What remains for us to hold on to? What do we remember? Will our own pictorial memories take shape? Will they be overwritten? Can our memories be re-staged? The intention is to leave blank spaces that allow the re-staging of intimate, individual experiences, the recollection of our own memories.

(Michaela Schwentner)

 

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