UNICA
Anja Kirschner, 2022, HD, 35min, sound
Multi-media installation: 2-channel video, drawings, sculptural seating elements

UNICA is named after the writer and artist Unica Zürn (1916 - 1970), whose illustrated text The House of Illnesses (1958) figures her body and her institutionalisation as one formation. Rethinking contemporary forms of immersion in simulated worlds through Zürn’s body-building, UNICA attends to the syncretic lifeforms that emerge from the intra-actions between the organismic, technological and phantasmal today. The latent presence of an unnamed catastrophe is repeatedly evoked by the protagonists, an artist and a motion-capture performer, via overlapping references to post-apocalyptic computer games, drawings, and dreams. This deliberate indeterminacy is extended to Teufelsberg, a forested hill on the outskirts of Berlin made from the debris of Second World War ruins, where parts of the work were filmed. By merging motion capture with quasi-archaeological procedures, UNICA calls attention to the artificial naturalisation of historical and ongoing violence, and the conditions of possibility for its decoding and disruption.

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CATALOGUE
https://www.distanz.de/anja-kirschner/unica

CREDITS
Gabrielle Scharnitzky (UNICA A)
Grete Gehrke (UNICA B)
Written and directed by Anja Kirschner
Cinematography - Julian Moser
Camera Assistant - Luisa Knight
Editing - Katharina Voß
Dramaturgy & Choreography - Zee Hartmann
Production design - Cleo Niemeyer-Nasser
Hair & Make-up - Kathrin Hieselmayr
Sound - Katharina Voß
Sound design & Soundtrack - Wibke Tiarks
Sound Mix - Kostas Flylaktidis
Colour Grading - Julian Moser
Motion Capture - OnPoint Studios
Animation - Diana Gradinaru
Production - Anja Kirschner
Production Assistant - Lena Weißmüller
Commissioned and co-produced by Fluentum
Curators: Junia Thiede and Dennis Brzek

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