wellen

wellen
Single channel video · 2006
 

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Video excerpt · 2:00 min.

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PAL · 4:3 · B&W · Stereo · 2:42 min.

The loop begins with the image of a young couple sharply silhouetted against the backdrop of an idyllic beach. The mood changes abruptly as a wave threatens to inundate the camera that is filming the scene from a low angle on the ground. The monotonous movements of the waves in the background contrast with the linear, narrative movements of the couple. Alternating play directions of the film repeat the upward and downward motions of the ocean: starting out from the temporal midpoint of the scene, namely the breaking of the wave, the footage runs further forwards and further backwards such that the advanced and retarded images are successively visible. It is in this context of “before and after” that the mood of the scene changes in relation to the starting moment.