Forms of Presence
2016 / HD Video Projection / 4.50 min
The first moments of Forms of Presence reveal a perspective of a corridor with pelts hanging along both sides of it. These sequences are then followed by portraits of animals looking at the viewer, motionless and wide-eyed with century-old humility. Accompanied by the sounds of an acapella choir, the camera advances slowly through this surreal situation, giving the viewer time to understand the curious constellation. The animals appear to be coexisting in an unusual harmony with each other, in a world that is probably only possible beyond our experience of life. Time weighs on them, as the frozen vitality of a moment extends endlessly. Life and death occupy the same body. The scenes take place in the basement of a contemporary building, as the last sequence reveals. Here the perspective of the corridor is shown again. Only now the pelts have disappeared and been replaced by the internal organs of the building: heating pipes, electrical cables and finally a closed door.