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|Cuts and Creeds
Young male assassins in an oriental-occidental perspective
Dual audiovisual installation
with 2 window projections (Video),
2 arm chairs with headphones (Audio),
2 readers (Text)
Audio-Video-Loops each 18 min.
Reader each 32 Seiten,
The installation Cuts and Creeds brings together two sides of a virulent phenomenon in our times: the Muslim suicide-bomber and the western gunmen running amok. On both sides most of them are young, male - and full of hate. And they come from the midst of our society. The audiovisual installation works with self-manifestations of suicide assassins – both are using video messages on the internet to reach a wide public - and merges it with specific material of their cultural and ideological background.
For the installation research was made in Iran, Germany and England, on western videogames, Iranian martyrdom and the medial representation of assassins in the internet. The work touches two sensible points in these two different cultural areas and brings them together in a disturbing way, questioning the attraction of this kind of ideology of violence and sacrifice: In which condition I have to be, which feelings, which thoughts I must have to kill other people and myself in this way.
The installation consists of a double projection in two windows of an empty shop in a mixed urban area of western and muslim people. Whereas from outside only the videos can be seen, inside the shop with a atmospheric roomsound all three media – video, audio, text – can be perceived parallelly, but seperated for both sides A and M. There are only two armchairs, where the voices of the now dead assassins of a shool shooting (A) and a suicide bombing (M) can be heard by headphones.
Das Labor - Ladengalerie
5th Feb. - 1st March 2010
apartman projesi Istanbul
24th Nov. - 12th Dec. 2010
Galerie écart Osnabrück
European Media Art Festival (EMAF)
27th Apr. - 29th May 2011