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

Human-made land­scapes with­out peo­ple. Giant colos­si of steel dig­ging for rock. Fis­sured earth, steam­ing chim­neys, heaps of scrap met­al. Vik­tor Brim doc­u­ments places of the past and present state of raw mate­r­i­al pro­duc­tion: the econ­o­my of extrac­tion on which mod­ern life is based. In addi­tion to the almost incom­pre­hen­si­ble dimen­sion of these places, the process­es have a tem­po­ral­i­ty that can only be grasped over time. This is why the artist’s cam­era stands still when it observes, reg­is­ters, records. Daniel Burkhardt writes the fol­low­ing about Brim’s video art: »By exact­ly cal­cu­lat­ing the dura­tion of his gaze and pre­cise­ly crop­ping the image, he suc­ceeds seem­ing­ly effort­less­ly in let­ting that which is viewed to speak for itself.« In this way, Brim gets by with­out any com­men­tary. Instead, the fine­ly arranged sound trans­mits the nev­er rest­ing whirring of the machines.

His tableaux tes­ti­fy in their audio­vi­su­al pow­er to the lega­cies of the planet’s indus­tri­al exploita­tion, which is pro­gress­ing unabat­ed even under the impact of the cli­mate cat­a­stro­phe. In his most recent film Dark Mat­ter (2020), Brim intro­duces a new lev­el of abstrac­tion: Out of dense fog, remains of debris, pow­er poles, and sparse­ly lit up indus­tri­al plants dim­ly crys­tal­lize. The seem­ing­ly apoc­a­lyp­tic scenery alter­nates with land­scapes whose hilly forms evoke the drape of a vel­vet cloth. Final­ly, the cam­era plunges into the huge hole of the world’s largest so-called kim­ber­lite pipe at Mirny in Yaku­tia in north­east­ern Siberia, which is sur­round­ed by con­cen­tric roads. The con­tours of the dia­mond mine lose them­selves in the deep black of the abyss, like an infi­nite­ly slow fall into the bot­tom­less depths. 

(Flo­ri­an Wüst)