Wisdom Teeth

WISDOM TEETH, 2017

Wisdom Teeth is a project inspired on the scientific research done by Nicolai Stenonsis (Nicolas Steno) on geology. The production was done in Piedmont, Italy, where the first edition of his publication from 1669 is located.

Die Versteinerten

English title: Fossilized
Year: 2015
Format: HD
Running time (min:sec): 07:31
Production: Universität der Künste Berlin

The Walter Gropius House in Dessau, Germany reproduces the original volume of the house, which works as a metaphor of what is fossilized. The idea of Modernism remains in this case in a fossil state, and survives in time as a trace of what once was.

Director: Esteban Rivera

Interview: David Stodolsky

Sound Design: Mariana León

Firmamentum Continuitas

English title: The extension of the heaven
Year: 2016
Format: HD
Running time (min:sec): 10:57
Production: Universität der Künste Berlin
Country of production: Germany -Russia

Firmamentum Continuitas is a fictional film about Gennady Baranov, an ex cosmonaut that used to have undercover interviews with the pope Paul VI. They tried to decided in lights-year how big the universe was and where exactly, stated in lights-years, the metaphorical heaven of the religion begins.

Director: Esteban Rivera

Executive Producer: Taisia Kascheeva

Producer assistant: Katja Scholz

Producer: Esteban Rivera

Director of Photography: Kir Anderson

Sound Recording: Ada Laub

Illustrations: Ana Rivera and Dariya Susak

The Carpark

The Carpark

The Carpark (Dovilė Aleksaitė, Eleanor Aylett-Jones, Esteban Rivera, Tilmann Teske) installation analysed the premises of the former Hitler´s Bunker in Berlin-Mitte between Wilhelmstraße and Gertrud-Kolmar-Straße which nowadays is used as a parking lot.

“The Carpark” befasst sich mit der Untersuchung zum öffentlichen Raum Berlins.

Die Geschichte ist Gegenstand einer Konstruktion, deren Ort nicht die homogene und leere Zeit sondern die von Jetztzeit erfüllte bildet” (Benjamin 1940: 137)

“The Carpark” ist ein experimentelles Werk, das aus einer interdisziplinären Gruppenarbeit entstanden ist. Die Arbeit bewegt sich im Spannungsfeld von Architektur und den zeitbasierten Medien. Der Schauplatz von “The Carpark” ist ein Parkplatz in Berlin Mitte. Er befindet sich zwischen der Wilhelmstraße und der Gertrud—Kolmar-Straße, dem Gelände auf dem der Führerbunker stand und Hitler Suizid beging.

Viele Touristen suchen heute diesen geschichtsträchtigen Ort auf und werden mit einer einzigen Informationstafel auf einem großen Parkplatz zurückgelassen.   

Am 07.10.2015 von 15-16 Uhr wurde das Gelände von der Arbeitsgruppe quantitativ erfasst. Es wurde ein Lageplan angefertigt, mit dessen Hilfe quantitative Daten erhoben wurden. Menschen, Tiere und Pflanzen wurden gezählt, ebenso wie Objekte. Alles wurde möglichst objektiv in die quantitative Datenerhebung miteinbezogen. Des Weiteren wurden kleinere Situationen beobachtet und so wenig wie möglich kommentiert.

Aus der beschriebenen kollektiven Beobachtung entstand ein Text, der die Basis für die Arbeit ist. Mit “The Carpark” soll ein unbefangener, objektiver Blick auf dieses Gelände, auf diesen Ort, möglich werden.

Die künstlerische Arbeit bedient sich elementaren Methoden aus der Wissenschaft und betreibt diese in einem anderen Kontext. So findet sie ihre eigene poetische Sprache, die eine vermeintliche Objektivität infrage stellt und dem Betrachter nichts erklären will über die Geschichte dieses Ortes. Der Methode des quantitativen Beobachtens als künstlerische Strategie mit poetischem Ergebnis hat sich vor allem der Autor George Perec bedient. Er und sein Werk “An Attempt At Exhausting a Place in Paris” waren für diese Arbeit eine große Inspiration.

Quellen:

Benjamin, W. (1940): Über den Begriff der Geschichte. In: Honols A. (2007): Walter Benjamin Erzählen. Schriften zur Theorie der Narration und zur literarischen Prosa. Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp Verlag 2007.

DEMO:POLIS – The Right to Public Space exhibition took place at Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste) 12 March until 29 May, 2016. Students from the class Experimental Film / Media art UdK together with students from TUB Berlin were part participating there as part of Media Lab Berlin (Albert Lang, Jörg Stollmann, TUB, Thomas Arslan, Nina Fischer, UdK). Three collaborative projects were developed during this time.

Forensics of an image

„Forensics of an Image” is an ongoing project that focuses on the images produced around Aylan Kurdi ́s death on 2nd September, 2015. Kurdi was a Kurdish boy who, drowned on the coast of Bodrum, Turkey, while trying to flee to the Greek island of Kos with his family. His image brought international attention and political implications to the actual refugee crisis. This project aims to explore the, “effectiveness” of this image on western media and to view it in relation with other images as an investigation strategy. From technical data concerning its digital nature to legal procedures of distribution, “Forensics of an Image” seeks to dissect Aylan Kurdi ́s image in order to understand it. The testimonies of officers, witnesses and photographers who saw the body on the beach for the very first time, as well as video footage and satellite images are used as evidence to decipher the image of Aylan Kurdi.

Rundgang UdK, Berlin. 2016.

Video: Maryna Makarenko

Rushing employees Device

 

Rushing employees Device is a device designed for work environments and useful in rush hours at work.

“I take objects designed to facilitate architectural organization and insert them into daily manufactured environments.  Camouflaged by functionality, these objects are then used against their intended purposes. They disrupt the way we are trained to interact with our physical spaces. They become sabotage interfaces: prosthetic devices between people that are intended to interrupt the programmed interactions for the purpose of underlining the preexistent hierarchies and dynamics.
I want objects to sneak into the constructed world and corrupt it.
The physical pieces used here allude to a user-friendly coexistence and the inviting aesthetic that is built into commercial products and architecture.”

Excerpt from the article “Working slowly” – Esteban Rivera

Mechanical hand with gradable speed knob to accelerate or decelerate the fingers velocity.

  • Dispositivo para afanar empleados
  • Media: Silicone, engine, movement sensor, sound amplifier.
  • 2010


Timelap

“I’m willing to think about the way we occupy time while waiting. I observe the way people are conditioned specifically with regard to ask optimization procedures.
The strategy used in this work was to amplify gestures that are at the core of daily negotiation tactics and underline them as institutionalized control strategies. By showing the duration of various time lapses and deforming them, the subtle rules inhabiting the smallest social agreements become visible.”

Excerpt from the article “Working slowly” – Esteban Rivera

Timelap 1

  • Video HD.
  • Length: 1’00.
  • 2010

Bombs


Video signal interference in “Banco de la República de Colombia”
“Ticket dispensers, teller machines, box offices are all relation interfaces. My work is to point at them in an entropic direction using disorder to define time/spaces economies. I am trying to think of socially constructed behavior as a contemporary commercial product. I like the art that sneaks into the constructed world and corrupt it.”

Excerpt from the article “Working slowly” – Esteban Rivera

Bombas – Banco de la República

  • Video NTSC.
  • Length: 00’30.
  • 2009

A solas

Fictional piece about a multifaceted guy, an artist, a singer, a music composer, an independent label producer, and a dad.
He’s by his own and he has found a way to survive without working. Overall Darcy has solved how to do things without needing much more than its self existence.

A solas is a narrative experiment that mixes several interviews to build up a single story. Co-Directed with Valentina Romero.

Video HD
Length: 30′
2013

Trespassing

Trespassing is a video exploration in Seaview Hospital in Long Island, NY. I went searching for vestiges fo what used to be a Sanatorium. The final result poses the question of decomposition as state of things metaphor, the rise and decline of institutional plans.

Trespassing

  • Video HD
  • Length: 5’00
  • 2010
  • NecroRitmos

    NecroRitmos (Necrorythms) is a data visualization system made in the Institute of Forensics in Bogota, Colombia (Instituto Nacional de Medicina Legal) that visualizes clothes of diseased people in order to know what is the most common cloth color when the people dies in Bogota. It also vanishes and plays with the notion of statistics and questions the access to institutional information.

    NecroRitmos

    • Processing
    • 2003