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Clemens Krauss & Benjamin Heisenberg [Videonale.14]

Clemens Krauss
*1979 in Graz AUT, lives and works in Berlin GER
Studied at Central St. Martin´s College of Art, London GBR


Benjamin Heisenberg
*1974 in Tübingen GER, lives and works in Munich GER
Studied at Akademie der Bildenden Künste München GER


Exhibitions [selection]: 

Clemens Krauss
2012 Transference Room - Kulturhuset Stockholm SWE
         Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães, Recife BRA
2011 Subtitle and other Forbodings, New works, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney AUS
2010 Ein Alltag, DNA, Berlin GER
2009 Large Self-Portrait, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney AUS
         AUFWACHEN, Haus am Waldsee, Der Ort internationaler Gegenwartskunst in Berlin, Berlin GER
2008 Display, Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro BRA
2007 SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent BEL


Benjamin Heisenberg
2012 Kunstwettbewerb für das NS-Dokumentationszentrum München, Stadtmuseum München GER
2011 Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin GER [S]
2007 Piktogramme - Die Einsamkeit der Zeichen, Stiftung Kunstmuseum Stuttgart GER
2006 Sichtbarkeiten, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg GER
2005 Playtime! Play, Gaming and Sports, ICA, London GBR 


Clemens Krauss & Benjamin Heisenberg x

ER, 2012, 5:15 min., Sound, Colour [VIDEONALE.14]

Film sequences, taken amateurishly with a handheld camera, are strung together. They document the life of a fictitious character known only as “Er”. The subject is a boy, described as psychopathic, who grows up in a rural environment near the German-Austrian border and blackmails his parents with outbursts of rage and simulated epileptic fits. A computer-generated voice relates this boy’s history, but in several places the found-footage material does not match the text. Although the voice carries on without a break, scattered film material and coloured areas repeatedly interrupt the individual film sequences. A feeling of uncertainty about the person described creeps up on the viewer and the total lack of emotion in the digitally-generated voice adds to this.
The film material comes from the private collection of Austrian artist Clemens Krauss and German film director Benjamin Heisenberg. Since their adolescence they have created an enormous amount of video material, which they edited in 2011 to produce the film collage “Er”.

Jennifer Eggert