UNICA
Anja Kirschner, 2022
Two-channel video installation (35min film + 2min animation), sculptural seating element, drawings

Based on extensive research into immersive gaming, UNICA deals with the resonance of past and present violence in post-apocalyptic computer game worlds. Merging motion capture with drawing and quasi-archeological procedures, UNICA manifests as a complex and poetic exploration of computational and non-computational technologies and the syncretic worlds that emerge from them. The latent presence of an unnamed catastrophe that echoes throughout UNICA is repeatedly evoked by the film’s characters via overlapping references to computer games, drawings, and dreams. This deliberate indeterminacy intermingles with the origin story of Teufelsberg, where parts of the film were shot. In UNICA, the landscape park on the outskirts of Berlin, created from rubble of the Second World War becomes a leitmotif for the subliminal presence of historical violences and their artificial naturalization. Kirschner’s filmic approach is derived from the drawings and writings of the artist Unica Zürn (1916–1970), in particular her illustrated text Das Haus der Krankheiten (The House of Illnesses) from 1958. In anagrams and fantastical representations of the body, Zürn provoked a rift with the normative anatomical, architectural, and linguistic structures she found herself subjected to. Kirschner transfers Zürn’s generative approach to digital forms of production and historical filming locations, weaving them into a profoundly topical and site-specific examination.

FORTHCOMING SOLO EXHIBITION

27 April - 16 July 2022, Fluentum, Berlin

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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