New hypothesis for Baucis 2022
analog photographs, slide projector, electronics, mirror foil, text, steel
The point of departure for the work is Italo Calvino's description of the city of Baucis (Calvino, 1972). In a city held up high where nothing touches the earth except for its shadows, the inhabitants now look from afar and long in the absence of a land that existed before their memory. The work proposes to shed light in the anthroposcenic relationship between earth and the making of a city vis-à-vis the dichotomy of thought and matter. By projecting in time analog photos of a man-altered landscape (Jänschewalde) and its estranged, infrastructural earth on top of a mirrored surface, a liquid landscape unfolds with the visitors as inhabitants. The speed of transition between the projected images is affected by the soundscape of constructions sites surrounding the exhibition venue.