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Andreas Templin: “as if to nothing”

I haven’t honestly planned this but another interesting way to present stats here, this time from Andreas Templin, via Vimeo. I guess this could have been tagged on to the Berlin Festival that I seem to have had on the blog recently. Anyway, there is some food for contemplation here.

Andreas Templin “as if to nothing”, 2008, computer-based single-channel videowork with sound. updated version available every year, length is defined by length of the soundtrack: 28,46 mins (looped)

The video-installation “as if to nothing” comprises of a selection of statistical data of the earth and its population. This data, created by various governmental and intergovernmental sources and displayed in a specific and subjective interdependency, is combined with the highly dramatic second move of Bruckner’s 7th symphony which is being looped for the screening. This music-piece, a tour-de-force through human emotions, is used to underline the weight of the subject-matter of this artwork. The video-installation is in fact a computer-programme which utilizes the internal clock of the computer to calculate the statistical algorithms, which are updated on a yearly basis.

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