blackhole-factory in cooperation with Lukasz Szalankiewicz, Krakow
research, audiovisual performances, interactive installation
While Europe is changing faces we wanted to know how it feels to walk along and across the german-polish border, formed by the rivers Oder and Neisse. How are German and Polish people talking to and about each other? What happens behind official proclamations? We assume that more accidentally found materials would tell us more about reality and atmospheres. That is why the project is an excursion to the non-evident points, looking for hidden places and inoffcial meetings with persons whilst their daily routines.
Das Oder-Projekt: thoughts, stories, pictures and sounds collected at the german polish border region. Audio visual materials developed from interviews, video and audio documents as snapshots of the atmospheres along the water, on the water and beyond. Fragments of life situations and environments resulting from encounters are stored in the collection for performances and installation. The result is a fragmentary map of the border area as a subjective composition, combining historical events, facts and personal stories with abstractions. Performances and the interactive installation show the basic materials in permanent modifications. Sound- and video-scapes are being developed as a live mix using miniatures and closeups to create new concepts of reality while being blended and laminated.
das Oder-Projekt was funded by:
Land Niedersachsen, Stiftung Braunschweigischer Kulturbesitz, Stadt Braunschweig, BS-Energy