The photo and video installation "schnittbilder" was shown for the first time 2001 at Zagreus Project Gallery in Berlin.

The work focuses on the influence the image-driven world of the media has on our daily interaction as human beings, and in particular on the daily ritual of mealtime. The TV screen is a sign of our appetite for visual substance, the entire world crowds into our room. We zap and hop. We cut the world into slices and connect real-life snippets together in a chain that fuses into a new reality with its own dynamic in our heads. Remote control in hand, we embark on a journey that starts with a new year party in Rio de Janeiro, followed by the explosion of the Concorde and the crash of the NASAQ while children die in Jerusalem and Gina Wild masturbates in front of the camera. A second later and Che Guevara is murdered by bolivian soldiers and Steve Mc Queen makes off with a suitcase full of money.

The installation analyses the media TV stew – served up in the side room of the gallery as a three hour videotape – into its component parts and reconstitutes reality as large-format table photos with the same visual format for all kinds of disparate information. Four key themes set the scene for the larger exhibition room: "freedom"; "destruction"; "desire" and "solitude". Each table consists of 154 polaroid stills from the videotape.

On these tables a menu is served consisting of eight culinary samplings from the saucepans and ovens of the world. Eight dishes from completely disparate countries and cultural contexts, chosen to provide maximum contrast of colour, look and taste. The installation was on show for six weeks and during this time, for three nights a week, guests could reserve their seat at table to partake of a round-the-world journey of culinary delights.

The dinner table talks where strongly influenced by the themes of the table photos. The conversations from each table was recorded and played back the following day in the "smallest room" of the gallery.

The intention of this performance was to show to what level our real life experience is intermingled with our media driven experience based on the TV image stream entering daily our brain.


Personally liable:
Michael Najjar

Design concept & coding: Matthias Hübner, possible.is
with support by Marco Land

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