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Ute Hörner & Mathias Antlfinger [Videonale.13]

Ute Hörner
* 1964 in Karlsruhe, lives in Cologne GER
Studied at Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart GER


Mathias Antlfinger
*1960 in Limburg an der Lahn, lives in Cologne GER
Studied at Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart GER and at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf GER


Exhibitions [selection]:


2012 Hörner/Antlfinger, Discrete Farms, Edith-Russ-Site for Media Art, Oldenburg GER
         Ars Electronica, AUS 2011 Live Wire. Art and Electricity, Shedhalle Zürich, SUI
2010 Visual Arts Projects Istanbul 2010, European Capital of Culture TUR
         Bilder in Bewegung, Künstler & Video_Film, Museum Ludwig, Köln GER
         transmediale 10, FUTURIY NOW! Berlin GER
2009 Videonale 12, Kunstmuseum Bonn GER
         EMAF, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück GER
2008 5. Marler Video-Installations-Preis, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl GER
         Der blinde Fleck, Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, NGBK Berlin GER




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Dream Water Wonderland, 2010, 3:30 min., Sound, b/w [Videonale.13]

The title “Dream Water Wonderland” refers to the nuclear fast-breeder reactor in Kalkar (Germany), which was completed, but never went online. Today, its cooling tower houses a chair-o-plane that forms part of an amusement park. This video sculpture comprises two Plexiglass cabinets, stacked one on top of the other in a steel shelf and a video projection. The upper part houses a record player from the 70s. From its center spindle grow plastic icicles and, extending downwards, rotating like a radar, projects a scale model of the Asse II mine, the mine that was used as the disposal site for radioactive waste. The video that is projected onto the opaque back wall shows a short shot of the cooling tower from the outside, painted with a pictorial representation of a mountain range. In a second shot, the camera flies along with the seats of the chair-o-plane skirting the inside of the concrete wall of the cooling tower, occasionally catching glimpses of the sky. An off-screen voice tells a story about wanting to catch a bird, but, as in a dream, the logic of the story gets lost. Constantly, far in the background, we hear the echoing sound of children’s voices. In spite of their disparate themes, the record player with the outgrowth, the cool look of the black and white video and the surreal background track all melt together into a convincing whole.

Georg Elben

Ute Hörner & Mathias Antlfinger