Liebe ist kälter als der Tod
Maria Veie Gallery, Oslo 2009
My point of departure for this project was Liebe ist kälter als der Tod (Love is Colder Than Death), 1969. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s first feature film. I was interested in the way Fassbinder aesthetically express repressed emotions and pessimistic visions of the human condition through the use of stylised and minimal visual language and dialogue. Black and white. The narrative is full of indications, but not many honest revelations or solutions.
I wanted to make a set of works that would capture both the aesthetics and emotional content of Liebe ist kälter als der Tod without repeating, or explicitly using the film’s images. Instead I also gathered materials from various films, literature and personal objects to make a new set of “props” that interact with each other through dialogue and presentation.
In this exhibition the works are displayed in two rooms. The first room one enters is a “white cube” where six pieces are presented. Two paintings leaning towards the walls are opposing each other. Objects, drawings and a photo are hung on the walls and standing on the floor.
The second room makes a contrast to the first, as it is a dark space where a video loop (The Drain Reversed, 2009) is presented on the floor. This room was turned into a site specific installation. As Maria Veie Gallery is a brand new art space, it was newly refurbished. But instead of painting the walls white and removing the carpet, I wanted to keep the original 1970’s interior. Nearly nothing was removed, and only a few components were added. The dirty carpet and the layers of wall panels contain own stories never to be revealed.
|Below: The Drain Reversed, 2009. Video/audion installation. Projection on the floor.|