Gregor Hildebrandt is another artist who is currently working with magnetic tape. He utilizes “obsolete” VHS, Cassette, and MiniDV tape in a huge variety of ways, including stretching it across a frame so tautly that it resembles a blacked out mirror. I actually attempted something similar, but couldn’t find a consistent way to keep it stretched properly. I’m also pretty psyched to see this coming out of Berlin, it’s giving me more inspiration to get over there!!
I’m really digging on this song. (Shout out to the ~end of the world kids~) Over all it’s very groovy and meditative. I could see this alongside “Wizards,” the 1977 animated movie about the humanoids that exist after the fall of man and speak back to the horrors of WWII. At the end there’s a spoken dialogue, that goes as follows:
" A long time ago there was a man who didn’t want to live in this world of killing and fighting anymore. Fully convinced that mankind would improve and become more peaceful during it’s evolution, and being a man of genius, he built a machine that would enable him to sleep as in death. A hundred years later, the machine was supposed to wake him. At which time he hoped he would find a better world, one that would be worth living in. 100 years passed, the machine woke the man, but although nearly everything had changed, mankind hadn’t. So the man returned to his machine, and kept returning to it, until the 32nd time: when he awoke to find there was no more life on earth. there was no bird in the sky, no fish in the sea, no tree and no flower. man had killed all the plants, all the flowers, and finally, himself, leaving the earth a dead ball in the universe. Seeing this, the man sat down on the bleed ground, and tears ran down his cheeks. His lungs inhaled the deadly air, and darkness closed in about him as he followed all the others to a place of no fighting, and no killing, no grief, no envy, and no sorrow. Would you like to know the name of this place? It’s called eternity. And the only gate you must pass through to enter it, the one that separates life and death. "