Maria Vedder – Susurrus in Mexico

2012
4 channel video and sound installation

A project about electric smog and the sculptural quality of electric towers.
At the center of this installation is a sound that is usually inaudible or almost inaudible. The electromagnetic radiation from power lines – electric smog – surrounds us everywhere in everyday life. It is assumed that this radiation can have effects detrimental to health. Since we cannot perceive it, we repress awareness of its presence. In “Susurrus”, it is made audible in the example of the electromagnetic fields around land-based power lines.
2012 as an artist in residence in Mexico (EMARE MEX Werkleitz Halle) Maria Vedder filmed in different climate zones many landscape panoramas with land-based power lines. The noises of the respective electromagnetic fields were recorded with a self-built antenna on an audio recorder.
In the installation, one landscape is reproduced on one flat screen. Each picture is accompanied by the sounds of its electromagnetic field. Together, the 4 sound frequencies produce an auditory spatial composition. These tones, which suggest danger, contrast with the photographic beauty of the landscapes and the sculptural fascination of the electric towers.
The Latin word “Susurrus” means a rustling, whispering, or murmuring, but also an incongruity or absurdity.

Maria Vedder

THE RAINMAKER, 2016
3-canal-video installation

The medieval church in Bröllin provides the input for this work about finiteness. The defining element for the video installation is a circle. In christianity and many other religions this line without a start or end stands for finiteness.

On my flight from New York to San Franscico I took some pictures of the of huge circle formations in the Middle West. To me they seemed a divine or extraterrestrial message. Later I found out that they had been written into the landscape through circle irrigation. The water in Kansas comes from a ground water reservoir from the ice age. The rivers that used to be fed have long time run dry. This fossil water will be used up in a not far away future. Even below Saudi-Arabia has water resources from the ice age which have been channeled through circle irrigation into the fields. These also will be used up in the coming decades.

Agribusiness has torn this original symbolism into the contrary.

In these films the circles have been set into motion through a digital intervention putting in contrast pictures of rain and overhead sprinkling system in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. THE RAINMAKERS is – like the installation SUSURRUS in ETF! - part of a worldwide survey of industrial interventions in nature and landscape.
Maria Vedder lives in Berlin.








Current dialogue program me here

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We mourn our friend and benefactor, the artist and philosopher Prince Rudolf zur Lippe, who died on 6 September 2019.

He made thoughts dance and people move.

During the exhibition in Erfurt, which shows works from the cycle "Learning from the Birds" in the church of the Augustinian monastery, he wanted to talk to us about it and how it is linked to Goethe and Alexander von Humboldt.

We will miss him greatly, not only there.

We will commemorate him on 14.9. 2019 at 19:00 in the Monastery and on 15.9.19 at 9:30 in a church service.

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18. ZNE! Station ERFURT (Germany)


Duration: 28.7.2019 to 22.9.2019

Pictures from the exhibition in Erfurt here!


OPENING


Saturday Juli 27 2019, 5 p.m.

VENUE


Galerie Waidspeicher und
Kulturhof zum Güldenen Krönbacken

Michaelisstraße 10, 99084 Erfurt

Augustinerkloster
Augustinerstraße 10, 99084 Erfurt

The artists in Erfurt:
Konstantin Bayer
Enrico Freitag
Saori Kaneko & Richard Welz
Michal Schmidt
Linda Schumann & Tonia Schmitz




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