Kulturmeile Krems, 2010
The video "Dissolution" was created during my residency at the "Cultural Mile"
in Krems, Austria. A high security prison also belongs architecturally to the Cultural Mile and
is adjacent to the Kunsthalle Krems. In the video, images of the "Non-Place" - the inter-mediate
space between the outer and inner prison gates, are combined with images of the traffic through
the so-called "Steinernes Tor" (Stone Gate) in the old section of Krems called Stein. The outer
prison gate closes slowly, culminating in the scene where the person who is walking through the
gate slowly dissolves.
The theme of the video is identity and the proposition that a person's identity inside the closed
area is distinct from his "outside" identity. The "outside" identity dissolves as the gate closes.
The intermediate space between the gates is a surreal state, where identities are mixed and re-assigned.