Media artist Clarissa Thieme will be developing a performative video installation for Chapter 6 of the CNTRM exhibition series.
She re-designs her performance VREMEPLOV / TIME MACHINE especially for the DDR guardhouse. The basis for this performance is a 15-minute long video message ‘sent’ by a group of young people* from the besieged city of Sarajevo in 1993. With a lot of black humour, they imagine escaping from the war with the help of a time machine. Thieme re-activates this time machine with the help of a simultaneous interpreter, who sits in the guardhouse as in an interpreter’s booth.
The appeal from the past “Get me out of here!” addresses itself to the future or also the present. 25 years after the video message has been made in Sarajevo, it will now open a dialogue between the guardhouse and the public space in Berlin. VREMEPLOV / TIME MACHINE represents a specific aspect of European history, and correlates with the exhibition space through its own artistic reflection on temporality and transformation.
* VREMEPLOV / TIME MACHINE was created in collaboration with Nihad Kresevljakovic and Grace Sungeun Kim on the basis of an intensive examination of the library Hamdija Kreševljaković Video Archiv, a private collection of amateur videos developed during the Bosnian War in Sarajevo (1992-1996).