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Nadja Verena Marcin [Videonale.10, 11]

* in Würzburg GER, lives and works in North Rhine-Westphalia GER and New York USA
Studied at ISCP - Int. Studies and Curatorial Program, New York USA, Columbia University, New York USA and at Kunstakademie Münster GER


Exhibitions [selection]:


2012 From the rural to the brutal, Kunstverein Dortmund, ORANGERIE Schloss Rheda und Werkstatt
         Bleichhäuschen GER [S]
         //KIDS//, ZKM Karlsruhe GER

2011 The-Solo-Project, Jens Fehring Gallery, Basel SUI [S]
         1st Photospectrum 2011: German Photography Now - Emotion, Drama and Narration in the stylistic    
        variety, Jinsun Gallery, Seoul KOR
         Live and let die, Nuture Art, Brooklyn USA
2010 'Qui Vive?' 2nd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art RUS

2008 Loss of hearing, g727 Gallery, Los Angeles USA [S]
         Mediations Biennale, National Museum, Poznan POL




Nadja Verena Marcin x

Die Jogginggehenmusemassnahme, 2006, 15:15 min, sound, color [VIDEONALE.11]

Die Jogginggehenmusemassnahme opens with panning shots over Geneva's harbour. The view passes through scenes of busy everyday activities, which are however deprived of their linearity by means of short rewound sequences, causing the first irritations and hence departures from familiar perceptual patterns. Such departures also shape the narrative structure of the work, which subsequently concentrates on following a young female jogger. We pursue the woman - Marcin herself - on her way from the harbour to a park: "the labyrinth of memory and cultural structures". It is here, as it were in conflict with discursive labelling, that an erotic fantasy world primarily involving the body splits off, stimulated by the beauty of the day and the - explicitly formulated - attempt to set nature itself against the rational domestication of nature. This carries the woman, as she continues her route through the city and into the night, deeper and deeper into an associative flow of thoughts and fantasies. Marcin's work articulates how basic human needs can break out from their confines and run free. They are then able, prompted by the rhythm of life itself, which is in turn evoked by running and the pulsation of blood - at the same time the impulses behind eros - to release themselves from the hyper-civilization of the world and to elicit in the self at least a temporary feeling of bliss.

Wolfgang A. Döllerer


Nadja Verena Marcin x

Sissi, 2005, 0:30 min, sound, colour [VIDEONALE.10]

In the centre of the video image, a young, dark-haired woman can be seen sitting on a narrow bar. The protagonist is barefoot and is wearing a yellow top and light beige skirt. Where exactly she is remains just as unclear as where the bar originates and where it ends. The woman seems strangely isolated against the dark background that nestles against her body and surrounds her claustrophobically. A feeling of constriction creeps in. The blackness presses in on the woman in her exposed position and contrasts sharply with the warm tones of her clothing. The empty, dissatisfied-looking expression on her face reinforces the impression of isolation and loneliness. Abruptly, the woman opens her mouth, but instead of a human voice, there unexpectedly emerges only a short, melodic warbling. This acoustic cue and the title, Sissi, finally smooth the way toward an understanding of what we are seeing: In Marcin´s video work the woman as decorative object is conflated with the entertaining singing bird in a cage. The yellow top stands for bright plumage. The woman´s warble is at once bewildering, comical, shocking and surreal. Sissi in her imaginary cage leaves behind an uneasy feeling of amusement.

Nadja Ismail

Nadja Verena Marcin