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Thomas Kneubühler [Videonale.15]

* in Solothurn SUI, lives and works in Montreal CAN
Studied at Concordia University, Montreal CAN

 

Exhibitions [selection]: 

2014 Plein Nord, PhotoforumPasquArt, Biel SUI [S]
         Manif d’art 7. Resistance, The Québec City Biennial, Québec CAN
         Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaîté Lyrique, Paris FRA
         Currents, Curtains, Code, Triennale 2014 Valais, Fully SUI
2013 Streulicht, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel SUI
         Babel, Kunstmuseum Olten SUI
2012 Au milieu de nulle part, Centre culturel canadien, Paris FRA
         Under The Radar, Guided by Invoices Gallery, New York USA
2011 Being There, Gallery 44, Toronto CAN [S]
         The Québec Triennial 2011, Musée d‘art contemporain, Montréal CAN

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Days in Night, 2013, 3:48 min., sound, colour [Videonale.15]

The film DAYS IN NIGHT begins with a shot of total darkness, nothing can be recognised. As the eyes become accustomed to the missing light, contours and shadows gradually emerge out of the darkness and a desolate landscape can be recognised. A voice from the off tells us about the daily life on the military and research basis CFS Alert at the north pole, where the days are without light from October to early March and life carries on in a dark night. With the emergence of the contours and the static shot, the film radiates a peaceful languor into the all-embracing night; one’s various senses are activated and challenged. There is a greater awareness of one’s own body and its surroundings, which contributes to the viewer’s peace of mind. The film reawakens childhood memories, of moments at night when one was looking for stars and discovered more and more as time passed. One could also recognise other contours and structures and take delight in discovering something familiar in the unknown. But can the viewer rely on a single sense, his sight? The level sequence of the most northerly settlement at the north pole, and the calm of the reduced visual impression of the poorly lit sky result in a positive, relaxed attitude – in contrast to the inhospitable and hard conditions of living which is reported by the voiceover.

Siri Effelsberg

Thomas Kneubühler