16mm projection, 5', lightning storm.
Video projection, 3'26", Rita's bedtime
Commissioned by NS Dokuzentrum, Munich for the exhibiton Tell me about yesterday tomorrow
The authority within the household is contested by the volume of voice: when do we whisper? when do we keep silent? when do we sing? when do we shout? —The structure of the power relation might be heard before it is seen.
The first projection shows Rita, the artists’ daughter, as she is filmed by her father. Rita demands to know what is guiding the situation she finds herself in: How come the sun is up so late? Why are we not taking the picture already? She finally enters the frame and takes the image—first by becoming the protagonist and then by knocking the camera.
The 16mm film captures a lightning storm on the Mediterranean Sea. Contrary to the assumption that it occurs erratically, lightning in fact does often strike twice the same spot.
In a continuous loop the linear film sequence becomes a cycle and the strikes of light become a subject of anticipation.
Throughout the exhibition period, over time, the 16mm film accumulate scratches that appear in the image as white inscriptions. In this way, the materiality of the film and it’s traces of use becomes a way to continuously rewrite.