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Claudia Waldner [Videonale.13]

*1975, in Munic GER, lives and works in Aarau SUI
Studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München GER and at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Aarau SUI

Exhibitions [selection]:

2014 Rathaus Aarau, Schweiz 

2013 shilquai 55, visarte.zürich, Zürich SUI 

2012 balzerARTprojects, Galeryproject, Basel SUI 

         Kunsthaus Zofingen, Zofingen SUI

2011 BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Videonale on Tour, Katowice POL

         Kunstmuseum Bonn, Videonale13 Bonn GER

2010 Kunstvermittlung, KKL, Kunstmuseum Luzern SUI

2009 Museum der Gegenwartskunst, Basel SUI

2008 Messehalle Basel,Schweiz 2007 Duplex Espace d›Arts Contemporains, Genf SUI


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Fliegenschwimmen, 2009, 6:18 min., sound, colour [Installation documentation] [VIDEONALE.13]

The video installation “fliegenschwimmen” represents the desire to fly, an act that is not possible underwater – a sense of freedom that has, nevertheless, been constricted. “fliegenschwimmen” dares to step beyond the tacit boundaries of the formats prescribed to video art. A somewhat complex and elaborate installation consisting of 24 monitors brings a fresh approach to the current ways that video and cinema are projected. Old CRT displays meet the computer era by means of digital input and high-resolution graphical material. The interplay between the binary opposites is also projected through the content, namely the confrontation of opposing emotions. The imagery emerging from a combination of water, expressed feelings and the flickering of the monitors makes up the poetry of “fliegenschwimmen”. The video installation convincingly illustrates a dramatically emotional, black-and-white sensation through multifaceted shades of gray. The central motif of this video work has emerged in close cooperation with the feature film “Der böse Onkel” (The Wicked Uncle) by Urs Odermatt. It focuses on the coming-of-age of daughters, the pursuit of freedom from maternal influence and the conflicts associated with this struggle. The media artist Claudia Waldner`s visual world of imagery, successfully interwoven with the stylistic devices of Odermatt`s language, creates a morbidly poetic world view.

Sara Izzo / Michael Hunziker

video credits:

Text: © Urs Odermatt. Aus dem Drehbuch zum Spielfilm DER BÖSE ONKEL, www.urs-odermatt.ch 

Claudia Waldner [ Videonale.13 ]