FACADES OF CRISIS (G/NO/ARG, 2010): Spatial Multiple-channel Installation at 24. Stuttgarter Filmwinter (2011) and Galerie Stadtgestalt (Berlin, 2010)

© Anett Vietzke /Veronika Bökelmann 2011

© Anett Vietzke /Veronika Bökelmann 2011
© Anett Vietzke /Veronika Bökelmann 2011
© Anett Vietzke /Veronika Bökelmann 2011

24. Stuttgarter Filmwinter. Festival for Expanded Media. Jury Award Media in Space. (2011)
GALERIE STADTGESTALT. Serge von Arx, (Berlin, 2010)

"The installation captures a national crisis from the people´s point of view. It does not contain statistics or glossy and dynamic story-telling of the news, but gives space for people whose everyday life has suddenly erupted. The power of the artwork lies in its direct and modest approach, voicing out a political statement which has many dimensions and tones.", Jury statement 24. Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Hanna Haaslahti (FIN), Johannes Auer (G), Mark Lee (CH)

The video/ space installation explores the consistency and social relevance of
architectural safety measurements in Buenos Aires that have boomed after the economic break down in 2001. The installation juxtaposes the rigid structure of metal bars with the personal experiences of ten inhabitants of the city. The descriptions of the interviewees from distinctive social backgrounds depict the effects of the crisis: They deal with trust and mistrust, precariousness and possibility, utopia and dream. The work creates a communal space for people, who due to increasing segregation are more and more isolated from each other. By doing that FACADES OF CRISIS reflects the fragil interrelation of individual and social life concepts and the deficits of our economic system.

The crisis indicates the peak of the states extreme course of privatization and marketderegulation following neo-liberal advices. In 2001 thence, the government had to declare its bankruptcy. After the devaluation of the currency, private bank accounts were blocked by an executive order to avoid a bank rush. Thousands of people lost their savings, perspectives and self-perception literally over night without any governmental protection. Consequently the experience of precariousness and uncertainty has shaped biographies, architecture and daily life in the city of Buenos Aires significantly. The economic crisis signified an all-embracing representational crisis.

At GALERIE STADTGESTALT c/o Serge von Arx, Berlin
©VOLUMEN EXPRESS and Friends, Images by Wolfgang Busch/Anett Vietzke

Interviewed persons: Teresa Petrana Alaguibe (cleaning lady, has been living in an occupied house for many years), Marta Bodo (lawyer and notary), Walter Christian Citzenmaier (homeless, lives across the street of the government building), Lic. Eduardo Grimoldi (psychologist, specialist for anxiety and crisis), Claudia Rosenberg (former flight attendant, actress since 2001), Nestor Piquero (architect and designer), María Graciela Ponce (kioskera), César Saldaña (locksmith, worked for Peugeot until 2001), José Saphir (constructor, inventor), Florencia Arbós (schoolgirl, born in 2001).

FACADES OF CRISIS is inspired by the documentary theatre installation (IM)POTENCIA. The theater performance has been realized in collaboration with Residencias del Sur (Buenos Aires), Sophiensaele (Berlin) and Black Box Teater (Oslo). It has been funded by Hauptstadtkulturfond (Berlin), Fond Fritt Ord (Norwegen), Norsk Kulturråd, Norsk Kulturråd/ Scenetekst (Norwegen) and Goethe Institute München and Oslo.