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Photo Ball

2011

Dia positives, foam board, light, steel chain, electric motor, cassette player, music cassettes

200 x 70 x 70 cm

 

The interactive, kinetic photo- and sound installation consists of 53 dia-positives and 8 audio-cassettes with hits of the 1980s, all of them found in abandoned allotment gardens in the South of Berlin. Many of the these Schrebergarten-houses that were left due to the expropriation in the context of the expansion of the city's highway A100, were full of private souvenirs of the ex-owners, such as photographs, diaries, video and music cassettes etc. 

Visitors were invited to select one of the cassettes from under the slowly turning sphere and play it in the cassette player attached to the sphere. The pictures were illuminated from inside the construction, thus casting diffuse colored lights on the walls while being moved by the disco ball rotator. Together with the soundtrack, the slides with recordings of everyday life such as family celebrations, visits to relatives, or vacation memories of unknown Berliners invited visitors to go on a journey to West Berlin in the 70ies - 90ies. 

The installation was first shown in a group show with Elsa Thorp and Katie Dunbar during the 48 hours Neukölln festival in Berlin in 2011 and again in Amsterdam in the attic of a studio house.