video animation

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HD 1080p, color, stereo sound
3:10min
2016

I animated this short film for the group show “HÄSSLICHE KOPIEN” (“Ugly Copies”). The exhibition concept was developed by the artist group Happenstudio in collaboration with the Iraqi artist and dissident Munir Alubaidi and the Georgian painter Gogi Gelantia.

Entering the otherwise empty exhibition space, the visitors are confronted by 10 seemingly identical flags that closely resemble those used during the Third Reich. But instead of a swastika, they each show a different QR code. Visitors can scan the codes with the available tablet PCs (or their own smartphones) and discover the hidden artworks behind each one on their screens.

The focus of this show, both regarding its overall concept and the artists' own contributions, is on the power of algorithms and of totalitarian systems over the individual, to some extent informed by personal experience or family history. The exhibition title was derived from a flawed — but accurate — retranslation of an Arabic language version of an essay by Karl Marx:

“Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”