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Media interfaces are not simply a question of usability but, as Bjørn Erik Haugen’s simply entitled Interface shows, also an embodiment of politics and power. The work’s imagery offers a vision of war as seen through the augmented reality lens of a soldier operating a machine gun from an Apache helicopter as he communicates with military headquarters. From the soldier’s perspective human life is abstracted to a series of on-screen moving targets, which have more in common with virtual polygon characters in a computer game than with their flesh and blood counterparts in reality. A touch of the red button is all that is required of him; with deadly precision the missile meets and destroys its target. The interface dematerializes the violence of war and turns the act of killing into just another click of a button.
Text by Jacob Lillemose, curator of Transmediale
© Bjørn Erik Haugen. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.
Staring at the World through a Hole is a video-loop consisting of found material/documentation of «PistolCam,» which is a video camera to mount on the gun, so that it starts recording when one draws the gun. This is a device now used by the American police in some states in USA. To problematize this one can just think what the Youtube-generation can use this for.
The Camera and the Gun
I think of myself as a part of a generation that was brought up during the first Gulf ware. Two important things happened: We got to know of technological precision weapons, with the use of cameras mounted on the rockets and we watched CNN`s coverage of the war 24 hours a day.
When I started my research on the connections between the camera and the gun, I found out that when constructing the first cameras they used several things from the gun. For example the camera-brand «Canon» and one says «to shoot» with a camera.
Six Apartments, Germany 2007
HD video transferred from 16mm and Super8
Single channel HD projection 12.30 min
Six Apartments is a poetic document of decline and deterioration -both physical and conceptual. Six isolated residents of six different apartments live their lives unaware of each other. They eat their food, wander between rooms, bathe, watch television, and sleep. For them, this is life.
Yet while it may appear that nothing is happening here, the apartment building and its inhabitants’ bodies are aging, giving way to bacteria, larva, and finally transformation. Televisions and radios tell them about the destruction of the planet but it does not seem to affect their lives. Everything is in a state of resolute conversion. Immense drama does exist: chaos overcomes order and rot supersedes life. The residents’ lives are moving slowly towards death following the deliberate and methodical rhythms of their uniform days. This continuous erosion of bodies, buildings, and the planet, reveals the ever-active potential of death and its material processes.
In their passivity and isolation, the inhabitants emerge as the true form of death, while the rooms they inhabit maintain the ongoing transformation of life. The potential of life, then, exists only in the process of death.
Eventually all forms of life are consumed by new life.
Clean Woman- Cornelia Brelowski
Biker- Wolfram Von Staufenberg
Sick Girl- Johanna Kunig
Woman- Edith Hermann
TV Man- Norbert Decker
Messy- Michael Arndt Gastaud
Produced by Pierre Düsing, Lina Schuller, Marcela H. Polgar
Cinematography- Kenzo Guzman
Camera and Electrical- Carlos A. Lopez
Production Design- Daniele Fermani
Set Dresser- Andreas Böttger
Set Construction- Mark Preuss, Yves Boczek
Art Department for Clean Woman and Biker
Visual Effects Supervisor -Carlos Vasquez
Digital Artist- Cristóbal León
3D Digital Artist- Joulia Strauss
Photo Artist- Matilda Mester
Management- Susen Hermann
Additional Cinematography -Carlos Vasquez, Daniele Fermani
Additional Post-Production- Letizia Mariotti
Film to Video Transfer
16mm-New York Du Art
16mm-Berlin das werk
Colorist Phil Whitfield
S8mm Screen Shot Berlin
Video Capture Berlin
Sound Design- Reynold Reynolds
Sound Effects Editor- Claudia Neri
Sound Recordist -Sam Auinger, Dany Scheffler
Special Thanks To
Taylor Van Horne
Sacatar Foundation Brazil
THE ZONE tells one story of two journeys to the promised land, the world where dreams can be made real and reality is like a dream. The relationship between narratives holds surprising coincidences and surreal tangents and departures as they both dance their (not so) merry dance to their shangri-la.Uploaded 1,319 Plays / 10 Likes / 0 Comments Watch in Couch Mode
Bear 71 Live observes and records the intersection of humans, nature and technology in a live, Internet connected event. Questioning how we see the world through the lens of technology, this multi-user, interactive story blurs the line between the wild world and the wired one. And it involves an augmented reality app. nfb.ca/bear71
Production : National Film Board of Canada (nfb.ca)