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  • HAINT

    This epic multichannel installation will debut in January 2019 at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas. Mounted on a trio of large cinemascopic screens, this installation speaks in complex terms about mortality, monuments, cycles of history and song, the origins of truth, the spiritual energy of objects and the roles of mythology and legacy in relation to our own timelines. Filmed as three separate productions in Croatia, Detroit and Austin, I used tropes of improvisation, narrative memoir, abstract landscape, performance and ruin to provoke questions about how subjective multiple sources of visual information can be. The images here represent staged production stills from all three segments, using dark and majestic compositions to add a somewhat Hegelian third meaning to the aforementioned moving images.

    The centerpiece HAINT: TRAUME, tells the story of a young man in Berlin trying to survive at the end of World War II. The story is a surreal journey through his desires and fears, as he simultaneously confronts and bears witness to the slow unraveling of his mother and the neighbors. Speaking to our fear of death, this segment examines the forces behind our will to survive and what price that may carry. This line between darkness and light blurs as the relationships and stability both dissolve, where the only constant and stable element is Mortality, played with great empathy and gothic beauty by the performance artist Joseph Keckler. In pre-production for four years, the project was greatly inspired by the conflicting stories the artist’s dying father told her about living through the end of the war in Germany and subsequently moving to America and serving as not only an architect, but supposedly an operative for the CIA. The entire piece was shot in Detroit, as a stand in for post-war Berlin, and is additionally available as a 72-minute feature film.

    2014-2019