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Eri Kassnel – memento…Boltanski!

Dancer: Dominik Feistmantl 


Synopsys: Memento…Boltanski! is an art piece, which deals in an aestheticising manner with vanitas, memory and death, and also focuses on aspects like time and the recurring moment.

Sound: different modules of natural and artificial noises (water drops and machines) generate a kind of rhythm by predefined order and repetition of the modules. A voice is whispering and reciting “The Burial of the Dead“ out of the poem “The Waste Land“ by T.S. Eliot.

The video shows images, which are synchronized with the sound. The photograph’s long exposure time makes the movement of the dancer both static and dynamic at the same time. Similar to the sound the images are “modules”, like small components, which are composed in a predefined order and repetition, and result in a kind of dance.

In the left part of the screen there is a static picture, which at first sight reminds of a sacral motive, maybe a kind of altar. In fact it is a table with a bird’s nest and small skeletons on the surface, which is lighted by a neon light.

web eri_kassnel_Bio: Eri Kassnel was born 1973 in Timişoara/ Romania. Since 1979 she lives near Augsburg/ Germany. 2003 she graduated from University of the Arts in Bern/ Switzerland. Since 2010 she works as a freelance artist in the field of photography, video and sound. Her exhibition activity is aimed international. She was represented in the x-Border-Art-Biennial in Rovaniemi/ Finland, OPEN ART 2015 – biennial of contemporary art in Örebro/ Sweden and in the VideoGUD-Festival in Gävleborg/ Sweden.

She is also engaged in art education as a communicator and a teacher in animation, Comic- and Manga-Art.


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