Nowadays identity is understood in too narrow a context. It is appropriated for the political goals – the Left speaks of sexual identity, whereas the Right refers to national identity. The ruling political elites fight a war in which our minds are at stake. My wish is to stay outside this battle. For this reason I would like to provoke a confrontation of artists from various countries. The artists that have divergent views and look at the phenomenon of identity in a much broader context. Therefore, the focus is on the concept of man in the media reality as seen from the anthropological perspective, rather than on redefining the subject along the axis of an old paradigm.
1. Vaclav Pelousek: H-DRUM
The work is introducing problem of intimacy and body as rudimental medium for the creation of identity. Here body becames a music instrument.
2. Thorsten Fleisch: HAUTNAH – SKINFLICK
The film without apparatus created by fingerprints on the 16mm film is kind of dialog with Andre Bazin.
3. Thorsten Fleisch: GESTALT
Software created by artists friend was used to make a 3D fractals and reflection on identity in digital era.
4. Andre Silva: SPAM LETTER + GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH…
Internet makes possible to search connections between words and recent visual context of it, and shows mechanisms of redifining identity by informatic technology.
5. Andre Silva: DOLLAR DISOBEDIENCE
One of the main mediums in our everyday life is money, and here they are approprieted by diferrent message.
6. Andre Silva: THE ONE AND MANY
Pictures after simple editing can starts to be something else even aspecialy if you know about it.
7. Andre Silva: SCANOPHELIA 1.14′
Another creative usage of everyday medium.
8. Miroslaw Rajkowski: NATURA ABHORRET VACUM
Relation of nature and digital image, with his designed structures as the new way of meditation.
Tradition of landscape film is used to make a research for national spirituality.
Romantic identity of national feelings of Solidarity?
Is it cyberfeminism?
‘Video Identity’ is the title of a program compiled by Michal Brzezinski. He asked me to participate with two of my films to which I gladly agreed. His compilation gives a very diverse and interesting view on contemporary video and film art, the subject being the artist’s look at himself and the world through reflexive use of technology. The artists involved in the program each have their own unique vision. Andre Silva uses an icon of modern technology namely Google Image Search and mixes it with spam letters, the bastard child of the internet. The clash of heaven versus hell makes for good video entertainment. In another video piece by Michal Brzezinski called ‘passion’ Google Image Search is used for a quest for spiritual output of search algorithms. The result is a torrent of images that invokes thoughts about Christianity, progress and how religion might be transformed in the future with all the new technologies now at our disposal. The video poem ‘Zen for a Butterfly’ by Miroslaw Rajkowski shows how a possible new ‘video religion’ might work. The cameraplay with a butterfly slowly draws the viewer into an abyss of sweet droning full of colors and abstractions. All in all the program manages to capture one’s attention with such ease that is a real pleasure to watch and reflect.
Thorsten Fleisch, February 2007, Berlin