Slide DARK MATTER PROJECTION exhi­bi­tion view
„degree_show – out of KHM“
KIT – Kun­st im Tun­nel, Düs­sel­dorf 2020
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dark matter

2020, 4K video, 19‘52“, col­or, sound

A trace of reg­u­lar­ly ordered mounds of earth. In the twi­light a dump truck is being loaded. A thick veil of mist hangs over the tops of the trees. Dark earth is exca­vat­ed, loaded and trans­port­ed off the scenery. In Dark Mat­ter (2020), via the sit­u­a­tive arrange­ment of dif­fer­ent pic­ture ele­ments a visu­al fric­tion sur­face is cre­at­ed, which is shaped by the fig­u­ra­tions of a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic land­scape. The images are deter­mined by the process­es of extract­ing raw mate­ri­als. With­out the min­er­al resources from the numer­ous dia­mond and gold mines in the so-called Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion sub­ject Yaku­tia, the Sovi­et Union would nev­er have been able to exist until the 1990s.

Tech­nol­o­gy and ide­ol­o­gy go hand in hand and leave their mark. Mil­i­tary and eco­nom­ic efforts to secure pow­er are inscribed in this land­scape. The extrac­tion of raw mate­ri­als and the exploita­tion of nature show their planned eco­nom­ic and geopo­lit­i­cal con­se­quences, which make up the char­ac­ter of the “sub­jects of the Fed­er­a­tion”. Their des­ig­na­tion as “sub­jects” was intro­duced in the USSR in order to equip and admin­is­ter dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories of ter­ri­to­r­i­al units with dif­fer­ent degrees of auton­o­my. Tech­no­log­i­cal progress and ide­o­log­i­cal utopias con­sti­tute a proces­su­al and change­ful net­work of rela­tion­ships between sub­ject def­i­n­i­tion and state appa­ra­tus.