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Katja Davar [Videonale.10]

*1968 in London GBR, lives and works in Cologne GER and London GBR
Studied at Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln GER, at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf GER and at Central Saint Martins School of Art, London GBR

 

Exhibitions [selection]:

 

2012 Scattered Plots & Routes We Take, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall GBR [S]
         Even Ghosts Ring Bells Underwater, Galerie Vera Gliem, Köln GER [S]

2011 A Vanishing point nearby, HWK Delmenhorst GER  [S]

2010 Reptile Turf & Copper Alloys , Galerie Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe GER  [S]
         Neues Rheinland, Die postironische Generation, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen GER
         Animation, Zeichnung und Objekte, Galerie 1-14 Galerie, Stuttgart GER
         Pittoresk – Neue Perspektiven auf das Landschaftbild, MARTa Herford Museum, Herford GER

2009 The Reachability Tree, European Kunsthalle, Cologne GER  [S]
         Shadows the Surface, Kunstverein Lippstadt GER [S]
         Is it tomorrow yet? Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

 

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Katja Davar [Videonale.10] x

People who trash elevators, 2003, 1:21 min, no sound, colour [Videonale.10]

A flying carpet, guided by means of a leash, wafts past a sketched, surrealistic landscape. Marked by technological progress through high-rise buildings, futuristic industrial plants, pipes, construction cranes et al., yet desolate and devoid of human beings, this world seems to be simultaneously under construction and in decay. As if emerging out of a black void or from the receding sea, there arises a piece of land whose beginning and end become visible during the course of the video like a circular panoramic picture. The constant repetition of the landscape images conveys after some time the impression of turning with the carpet in an endless circle. James G. Ballard's novel High-Rise from 1975, in which he develops the antiutopia of a degenerated society which has succumbed to barbarism in a highly technologized jungle of high-rise buildings, provided in a certain sense the inspiration for this video. In a dynamic relationship between traditional drawing and video animation, authentic representation and abstracting fiction, as well as in the encounter, effected by what is at once a poetically magical and rationally chill metaphor, between a dreamt, long-gone world and an empty, new world, Katja Davar explores the interplay between technological progress and social disintegration.

Simone Jung/George Frederick Takis

Katja Davar