1. THE GRAMMAR SERIES/GANGLAND
    multi channel video

    In human evolution language comes into being for making the other understand one´s own position.
    Later humans developed tought pattern called ideologies.

    Ideologies like the fascist´s or communist´s thought patterns, even some religious sectarianism turns grammar and words into a killing tool by deviding humans into followers and enemys. Crucial to ideologist´s abuse of grammar is turning it´s communication function into a order message system. The ideology dominated communication is a one way communication and language is used to mark the orders which are essential to the progress of revolution, riot and mass killing justified by the thought pattern of the "righteous few". This is the point where ideologist´s abuse of words meets with that of organized crime.

    In nowadays language is not only the language of words but the language of images.
    There is no difference between words and images, the grammar of language and the grammar of photography or movie.
    Words tend to be more abstract. Images seem to tell us that "we get what we buy".
    But this is not true. Images are as highly manipulating as words. They follow grammar rules as words do and the rules behind them have a great impact on what we think, we see in them. And "the grammar of images" allows an even deeper impact of behind-the-image thought pattern on the viewer´s mind.

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  2. THE GRAMMAR SERIES/GANGLAND
    multi channel video

    In human evolution language comes into being for making the other understand one´s own position.
    Later humans developed tought pattern called ideologies.

    Ideologies like the fascist´s or communist´s thought patterns, even some religious sectarianism turns grammar and words into a killing tool by deviding humans into followers and enemys. Crucial to ideologist´s abuse of grammar is turning it´s communication function into a order message system. The ideology dominated communication is a one way communication and language is used to mark the orders which are essential to the progress of revolution, riot and mass killing justified by the thought pattern of the "righteous few". This is the point where ideologist´s abuse of words meets with that of organized crime.

    In nowadays language is not only the language of words but the language of images.
    There is no difference between words and images, the grammar of language and the grammar of photography or movie.
    Words tend to be more abstract. Images seem to tell us that "we get what we buy".
    But this is not true. Images are as highly manipulating as words. They follow grammar rules as words do and the rules behind them have a great impact on what we think, we see in them. And "the grammar of images" allows an even deeper impact of behind-the-image thought pattern on the viewer´s mind.

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  3. THE SHOOTING GALLERY
    3 channel video installation

    The Pelican is the sacred bird of uncounted bird sanctuaries and main character of several tales about marvellous incidents. Especially the white pelican makes the bird watcher feel observing a holy bird.
    Here endless numbers of pelicans travel over 3 screen walls, rising from the sea level and finally entering the endless blue sky of the Southern hemisphere after almost approaching the ground.

    What does this movement mean? Is it a divination of upcoming evil? Or does it reveal a brilliant future?

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  4. GIVE MY REGARDS TO THE ALPS
    10 channel video installation

    The project's issue is about how perception is influenced by global image prototypes reproduced in different medias, e.g. postcards or tv.

    Usually postcards show a bright lightened sujet, the image of a place, anchored in the mind of everyone which has nothing to do with the true environment of mountain nature. Especially mountainscapes of distinction are very often reproduced. A pivotal role for this installation plays the idea what a certain mountain landscape could mean to the hiker or car driver.
    The footage for this video collage has been taken at Simplon pass, Black Forest sites and Jura mountain Chasseral in western Switzerland.

    The current video installation composes a landscape panorama by screenings on up to ten screens at the same time. Some of the mountainscapes are unchanged, others show a different composition of Mountains and valleys every 30 seconds. The mountain´s panorama changes from late summer impressions of indian summer trees to snowy hills and white peaks.

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  5. GIVE MY REGARDS TO THE ALPS
    10 channel video installation

    The project's issue is about how perception is influenced by global image prototypes reproduced in different medias, e.g. postcards or tv.

    Usually postcards show a bright lightened sujet, the image of a place, anchored in the mind of everyone which has nothing to do with the true environment of mountain nature. Especially mountainscapes of distinction are very often reproduced. A pivotal role for this installation plays the idea what a certain mountain landscape could mean to the hiker or car driver.
    The footage for this video collage has been taken at Simplon pass, Black Forest sites and Jura mountain Chasseral in western Switzerland.

    The current video installation composes a landscape panorama by screenings on up to ten screens at the same time. Some of the mountainscapes are unchanged, others show a different composition of Mountains and valleys every 30 seconds. The mountain´s panorama changes from late summer impressions of indian summer trees to snowy hills and white peaks.

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Joas Nebe

Gaming into Mindfulness
Interview with Joas Nebe by Rebecca Schoensee (excerpt)

“It’s a never-ending game of disintegration. I challenge the viewer by not living up to his or her expectations. I am denying the satisfaction of solving the riddle, hidden…


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Gaming into Mindfulness
Interview with Joas Nebe by Rebecca Schoensee (excerpt)

“It’s a never-ending game of disintegration. I challenge the viewer by not living up to his or her expectations. I am denying the satisfaction of solving the riddle, hidden within the depth of my artwork.” By turning his filmic cabinet of curiosity into an intriguing jigsaw puzzle of hybrid geometric patterns, Joas Nebe teases the viewer into accessing his game. He believes: “Riddle games of this kind spark creativity and pass on the role of the artist to the viewer.”

Taking the Reason Prisoner

To Nebe, “fantasy and creative intelligence are important survival skills today.” So is chess, an analogy he keeps referring to: “Chess exemplifies my game with the viewer. In a world of shortening attention spans, it’s an ideal concentration-practice. One always has to think a few steps in advance.” By screening the insanity of our daily chase towards evolutionary bankruptcy, Nebe in a clever move takes the reason prisoner, only to appoint reason to be the king of his game of chess. He calls for a close review of the encyclopedia of our philosophical and cultural foundations. In his opinion reason has the potential to direct a path away from the horror vacui he is depicting: “The model of enlightenment has increasingly been discredited, wrongfully I believe. Today survival and coexistence are only possible if governed by the faculty of reason. Labeling and connoting intellectual categories help to bring new relations into sight and to gain unexpected terms of knowledge.”

The interview essay "Gaming Into Mindfulness" has been published in Humanize Magazine, issue 11, p. 20-31.
complete interview text

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