veronikahaller
veronikahaller
Hello this is Chris & Veronika
We met at the Akademie and became friends. We have similar interests and are struggling with the same issues around gender, heteronormativity and growing up in a pretty conservative surrounding- like the suburbs. In our collective aritstic practice, we process our youth and the questions, which arise from this experience.
Overprotected
This work was shown at the Edel Extra, an off-space Gallery, in Nürnberg. The work was splitted in two parts. In the first room, there were eight tv-screens standing on an orange carpet, showing scenes of Chris & myself, hanging around together with our families at their houses and of some specific suburb activities, like cutting the lawn with a lawn tractor. In the other room, just one video was shown. It was projected upon the ceiling and an ice blue carpet covered the floor. The video showed Chris & myself in the pool, playing and having fun like we were kids. All the videos were produced with an action camera. The first room´s installation was accompanied by sound. This sound was consisted of white trash pop and famous songs of the 2000s. Segments of the pop songs are repeatedly popping up and a propellant techno beat is devouting known pop star voices.
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From the bottoms of our broken hearts
The work was shown in an outside spot during the annual exhibition. It was at the Jahresausstellung at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Nürnberg. The Installation consists of four fake rocks. The rocks are made of styrofoam. They were disposed in a circle. Every rock has its own function. Leaning on the biggest one, the main rock, there was a big TV-screen. It showed a video of Chris & myself dancing on a field near a highway. The video´s aesthetic partially resembles gaming graphic from the 2000s. The choreography is taken from music videos of withe pop stars of the 2000s, mainly Britney Spears. Another rock is used like a display case. It contains a clay flower. It´s a the symbol of Britneys „baby on more time“ area. The Installation is accompanied by sound. It is the same sound, we used in the „Overprotected“ installation. The music box was hidden in another rock. Leaned against a wall, the fourth rock showed the phrase „carport diamonds, ain´t we lucky“ in orange spray print.
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Manifest
In unserer gemeinsamen Arbeit befassen wir uns mit der uns alle umwabernden, amerikanischen, weißen „Pop-Trash-Kultur“ und deren Inhaltslosigkeit, Selbstverherrlichung und unaufhörlichen Reproduktion, mit welcher wir seit unserer frühen Jugend konfrontiert und sozialisiert wurden. Die outdoor Installation besteht aus einer fake Marmor Felsen Landschaft. Die einzelnen „Felsen“ werden mit Video und Text bestrahlt, ein Relikt Objekt ist in einer Felsen Vitrine zu bestaunen und untermalt wird das Ganze Urzeit Future Szenario durch poppig-düstere Musikelemente. Diese Installation behandelt die uns umgebende Gegenwart und uns bevorstehende, furchtbare Zukunft, der wir nicht standhalten können, mit den uns beigebrachten Mitteln aus unserer Vergangenheit. Die inhaltslose Mainstream Kultur der Zeitbrücke zwischen dem Ende 1990er zu den jetzigen 2000er Jahren hat uns nicht gelehrt wie wir uns aus der ganzen Misere wieder raus reiten. Stattdessen feiern wir ins Endlose reproduzierte Hymnen der heteronormativen Stereotyp Liebe, untermalt mit billigen Beats und die SuperSaleSamstage im ShoppingCenter nahe des verheißungsvollen Vororts unserer Geburt. Aufgeschmissen, von den falschen Erwartungen die aus den Popsongs hervorgehen, die wir liebten, bleiben die Enttäuschungen des 21. Jahrhunderts.