ADRIA l i f e
A video installation in the context of schräg.SPUREN (slanted TRACKS), days of contemporary video art in Klagenfurt, hosted by UNIKUM and cultural department of the city of Klagenfurt.
16 channel video installation, main railway station Klagenfurt, 31.5. - 8.6.1996
If you are coming to a beach on the sea, you have four principle possibilities to act:
1. You can act like a man by thinking about ebb and flood.
2. You can act like a woman by watching the game of the waves.
3. You can act like a little boy by collecting shells.
4. You can act like a little girl by feeling yourself as part of the beach.
Harley Swift Deer, The four shields of human beings
The video installation ADRIA LIFE is part of a long term art research project about hobby and amateur film makers from the 1950s and 60s using the example of holiday films from the ADRIA. The original films were analyzed according to previously set focal points and principles of arrangement, then dissected and edited into new sequences (ADRIA-16mm/color, bw, 35mins, 1991).
16 characteristic scenes were chosen from the 6 hour total footage for ADRIALIFE according to the aforementioned principles four shields of human beings. 4 scenes were chosen for each of the 4 positions, pertinent to the girl, the boy, the woman and the man inside the girl, etc. to the man inside the man.