GROUP OF BIRCHES

by Daniel BURKHARDT
2004 / Mini DV / color / sound / 1S / 2' 24




Music: Helge Jansen
The basic visual material of «Group of Birches» consists of video recording that i shot on a train in poland in november 2003. The passing observer views an autumnal landscape which is covered with dust. A group of birches appears close to the rails and passes by.The sudden apperance of the birches interrupts the linear movement of the train and the video material. For a split second every tree trunk remains in the midst of the scene whereas foreground and background keep on moving. This leeds to the impression of a broken gyration around each trunk tree. The video moves a few frames back and then forwards until the next birch appears. The linear movement of the train and the linearity of the video material melt together. In the imagination the passing observer is being pushed forwards and backwards on the rails. The works rhythm arises automatically out of the birches arrengement in the original space. The look of the observer is driven and controlled by what he sees. He is caught in a foreign system that imposes a timestructure on him which is not his own and controls his perception. A notion of powerlessness arises.This is underlined by the sound which establishs the wooden autumnal landscape as a horizon of longing and at the same time reveals the onward and backward movements of the camera as something painful and threatening.

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distribution format Digital file on server (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 26,00 €