abysse

performing the archive

Repetition as a technique. Added technical operators are the free fall, hysteria and the abyss itself.

video stills of the video work abysse
video stills, 2021
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Realistic practices. History, as well as all the matter of culture and civilization – things which do not belong to her: they act her, they have already thought her before.
She has started collecting their evidences. In her drawers, folders, albums, boxes: items so alien to her. Unavoidable.
It horrifies her. There are shapes, they can talk to her. They talked to her even before she could think of a thing as a message. An intented infrastructure for thinking. Pictures of horror. Resonators of being an other. Shoes. Hands. Mouths.
It‘s not just about pictures. Of course not. Techno-imagination. There has to be a reason for all this archivial matter.
Language. Everything she can imagine as being reenacted. Reseen. With shame. She has to perform all these things. Her being aged, for example. Or the color of her skin. She cannot undo this part of herself. Ourselves. Cut out. Recombined.

Abysse was concived and realized as part of the collaborative piece Calling the anthropomorphic cabinet – a project responding to Salvador Dalí's painting Le cabinet anthropomorphique of 1936 as part of ༎ຶД༎ຶ's work in the exhibition Coming to Voice at K21 Düsseldorf from feb 12th until mar 23rd 2021. Here the embedded version of the film.