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Erik Schmidt [Videonale.11]

*1968, in Herford GER, lives in Berlin GER
Studied at Universität der Künste Berlin GER and Fachhochschule Hamburg GER

Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Downtown, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin GER [S]

         The Poster Show, carlier | gebauer, Berlin GER

2011 Rollenbilder - Rollenspiele, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg AUT

2010 Bogged Down, Galerie Krinzinger, Wien AUT [S]

         Sechs Tage bleibt er noch, Kunststation St. Peter, Köln GER [S] cat

2009 Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid ESP [S]

2008 Working the landscape, carlier | gebauer, Berlin GER [S]

2007 Hunting Grounds, Museum MARTa Herford, Herford GER [S]

 

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Hunting Grounds, 2006, 14:16 min., sound, colour [Videonale.11]

The first sequences of Hunting Grounds already reveal the strong creative will shaping this work. The images have an elaborate brilliancy, their framing carefully chosen - and their denseness produces in the viewer a mesmerizing effect that particularly befits the crime-story elements dramatized on the narrative level. It is difficult to escape getting caught up in the suspense. We strongly suspect that behind what we see here on the surface a gate opens up onto an obsessive abyss. A gate leading as it were to the opposite of what is visible here in the superficial world of the aristocracy with its soirées and hunting parties. This story told without words, accompanied only by a strongly accentuated soundtrack and music played by a string quartet, exposes an irrevocable, fundamental principle of social co-existence: the mechanisms - as the artist himself puts it  of - drives and desires and their inherent dialectic of hunter and hunted. The fact that Schmidt makes use of an ostensibly outdated setting to visualize his theme only intensifies the power of his work, since the extreme form of emotional repression exemplified here - in the etiquette of the noble classes - collides with what can be viewed as its polar negation: animalistic lust and rebellion.

Wolfgang A. Döllerer

Erik Schmidt [ Videonale.11 ]