Contemporary Eventmarketing meets troop entertainment without sustaining warzones: In 2003 Lt. Nik Gurander, stationed to guard an archeological site in Hatra, Northern Iraq watches The Exorcist film on his portable DVD-player during his shift and makes a discovery more by mistake: surprised by the fact that he himself is in fact in the original setting of the introductionary scenes of William Friedkin’s 1973 Horror classic, where the sculpture of an ancient demon is excavated unleashing evil. The coincidence led way to an new corporate idea: backed by a modest fund from the Pentagon, the “Exorcist Theme Park” should lure new tourists to Iraq. Following this news story, my current work aims at reflecting the mediation of archeology, war and tourism and how this could materialize into sculpture. The output and nature of the developing and forthcoming work is to create site-specific installations reconsidering the conditions of (the) environment in its artistic, social, political and cultural historical conditions. By rereading and reusing mixed media (sculpture, performance, installation, photography, grahics, drawing and film/video. A first exhibtion introducing these approaches was created under the title: No-Go* -The Exorcist revisited, focussing on the environment and country where the original news story was created extensive field studies in the urban, cultural and natural landscape of the city of Los Angeles were made.
Brick Security (or No-Go* or The Exorcist revisited II) investigates the history of this coverage and could be developed into an environment. By rereading the concept of environment today, I plan to reconsider, change media and formats: by trading and diametrically applying advertisement sign-like displays as documenation, conceived as spacious sculptural, heavy reliefs as giant pop-ups. Or building, documenting objects out of clay instead of filming, be it a reenactment or simulation, originally „built“ as a visual medium. Some preliminary studies have been made concerning various found footage, or archived documents, collected in a kind of „Archeology of History“. My work so far, has led in all encompasing, complex & intruiging directions: from the German Archeolocigal Institut, American Heritage Society, Iraq Veterans Against the War and towards the US filmindustries/landscape, So an „Exorcist Theme Park“ can find diverse forms of being realised, possibly developing into a still open reanimation of the original setting and beyond, thematizing mediatization of recent and past history.
Sahara, metallic sequin spandex tulle, photo, 30 x 40 cm
Talocan, PVC-mesh, photo, 30 x 40 cm, framed.
Ennis House / Green, polyester holographic glitter mesh, photo, 30 x 40 cm
Hollyhock House / Lime, liquid lamée, photo, 30 x 40 cm, framed.
Las Vegas, liquid lamée, photo, 30 x 40 cm