Return to Paradise

Beside paradise in the bible, there are many “paradises” in our mind, like childhood or home, which are located in time, not in space any more. The only way to return to these paradises is to remember. But the recalling process is exposed to different disruptions - I compare this process with the searching for the right radio station, which is disturbed by overlying frequencies or static noises. In the same way we don't have access to our memory because of our physical or mental condition. What remains is a vague picture, which requires a large amount of interpretation. Memory isn’t always available; it isn’t always complete and it doesn’t even have to be true. We know that unconsciously.

To remember is a creative act, which can be triggered subconsciously and our brain is a brilliant artist, who adapts to an optimized learning for the future. However, we have to trust memory, because it tells us who we are in a chronological context. I conclude from this an existential fear: Who am I, if I can't trust memory? Are my remembered paradises only illusions? Am I an illusion?

  • Eri Kassnel
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Rückkehr ins Paradies
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    3 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2015
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  • Ortungen, Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus
    January 27, 2017
Director Biography - Eri Kassnel

Born 1973 in Timisoara/Romania. 1979 immigration to Germany. Study at the University of Arts in Bern/Switzerland and at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg/ Germany. Since 2010 working as a visual artist with focus on static and moving images, and sound. Participation in national and international exhibitions and festivals, such as. “X-Border-Biennial” Rovaniemi/ Finnland and the “International Video Art House Madrid” (IVAHM)/ Spain.

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Director Statement

I believe, that we - as humans - recognize ourselves by remembering. This is the evidence of existing in a chronological context, which forms identity. The loss of memory can lead to a serious identity crisis. But memory hasn’t to be true implicitly as scientific research taught us: to remember is a flexible process, which always adapts to an optimized learning for the future.

People collect proofs like photographs, documents and letters to verify their memories. I follow from this an existential doubt: Can I trust memory? Who am I really? If I don't leave any traces, have I ever existed?

In this area of conflict, I am interested in man’s subjective sensations and his capability to remember, to forget, to associate and to create - consciously or not - his own Utopia.