Iam inspired by the parallels what I see between human memory and computer memory: Our brains store away images to retrieve them later, like files stored away on a hard drive. But when we go back and try to re-access those memories, we may find them to be corrupted in some way--glitched, if you will. When we see a picture (photo) we are able to remember the details, but only for [a] short period. In [the] long term we start to lose parts of the details and instead of these lost fragments we fill the gaps with our self-generated memories, memory fragments. I always add a short narratives to accompany each photo, which often give imagined insight into why the subject’s appearance--and sometimes their mind--has been altered: A regular churchgoer starts doubting himself; a group of friends get too deep into their discussion of metaphysics; a glamorous woman is driven to paranoia by the bubbles in her champagne.
Comfort Zone - Berlin Cookbook
Comfort Zone is a unique bilingual Berlin cookbook featuring the stories of more than 25 migrant Berliners and the foods and recipes that represent their multi-cultural journeys. With over 40 recipes from all over the world, this book celebrates the cosmopolitan nature of Berlin and explores the concept of what “home” means in our globalised world.
The Comfort Zone - Berlin Cookbook will offer readers an insight into the people, places and cuisines that have, and continue to contribute to the distinct and diverse vibrancy that characterizes Berlin.
Author & concept: Anna Réka Baktay Photography: Anna Tihanyi Graphic design: David Szauder
LightBox concept with multimedia content. In cooperation with S'39 Hybrid Design Manufacture.
THE ORGANIC MONUMENT OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
The organic monument of the First World war is a spacial object based on the theory of network researching. The cornerstones are geological coordinates where key events of the war took place. These are physically linked by string to one another to create a network of connection expressing the relationship of cause and effect on the events through the continuity which is all of our history. The installation is more than 200 sqm big, the visitors can walk between the events, explore the connections between the events of the first world war. The end result is also a 3d print, which is a 'rescale' of the installation.
Photo: Camillle Blake
in the frame of Grosse Illusion, Berlin 2014
The construction-site as a space of art
AN EVENING AT VARNHAGENS is an architecture specific videomapping resurrecting the life and atmosphere of the salon of the Jewish-German Rahel, Berlin’s most significant art and literary Salon Varnhagen of the 18th and 19th Century. The projection of Gaspar Battha uses and transforms the classic shadowplays to create an illusion of the not yet existing Palais Varnhagen and to take back the audience to the time of Rahel Varnhagen Salon. The audience will involved into an evening with Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, Friedrich Schlegel, Heinrich Heine, Tieck, Jean-Paul, Rossini and Paganini. The videomapping is an homage to Rahel Varnhagen, who an emblematic figure of the emancipation of Jews and women.
Atara, 2015 Video installation by Amir Fattal The video installation Atara is dealing with different layers of the concept of resurrection in the context of German history. It combine together a reversed version of the Liebestod song from the opera Tristan Und Isolde by Richard Wagner and images taken at the workshop of the Berliner Stadtschloss in Spandau, where the new Baroque-style stone facade is being made for the rebuilding of the Stadtschloss. The word Atara in Hebrew means crown, which is used in a famous Talmud expression meaning - ‚"restore to it’s former glory“. The video is dealing with a process that is taking place ‚out of time‘ or ‚out of space‘, in this case, breaking the historical narrative of creation and destruction in the context of two buildings that used to stand at the same place in Berlin: the Berliner Stadtschloss and the Palast der Republik. Their story brings together different epochs in the political history of Berlin and their aesthetics reflect the changing ideologies that they used to represent. It is asking the question: what does it mean to build a Baroque style palace in the year 2015? The video turns the artist workshop in Spandau into a space-station-like scenery and the artists who work there into astronauts working on the creation of the sculptural facade. It follows their technical process and the historical references that they are using in creating a place that was lost 70 years ago. It shows the combination of the old traditional stone carving technique together with the long process of creating the different elements and figures by using old photographs and some of the original remains of the original palace. The process combines sculpturing in clay, making a silicone molds, plaster positives and later stone carving. the whole process becomes a metaphor for the attempt to change the historical events that took place in Germany during the 20th century and the attempt to transcend into a new era.
AMIR FATTAL, GASPAR BATTHA ,EMIL GOODMAN with the cooperation of MARI CANTU, PANNI NÉDER, DAVID SZAUDER, CAN TOGAY
Interactive digital art piece for the DigitalArt exhibition, Center of Pompidou, Paris 2013
Touch.GL is an art app, extending glitch image modification to finger painting on the Android platform. Especially developed for the exhibition 'DigitalArt' in 2013.
A few examples how my artworks became published.
Cinema Total is a central east europian film event during the berlinale, which takes place every year in the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin. This work is mostly about interior design, curation and installations. The last two years and in 2014 David Szauder is the visual director of the Cinema Total events
A selection of my curatorial projects in the last few years:
-KIK 8: Ganz Grosses Kino -2016
-Die große Illusion -2014
-Sky Screen program: Mass and Mess -2013
-It was an unusually warm day for November -BERLIN 2011
-kleinfield fussball -BERLIN 2012
-Artifact -DUBLIN 2013
-The Story of Nelli JERUSALEM 2014 with Anna Réka Baktay