Patterns are regularly recurring structures, which are generated from modules in predefined order and repetition. As individuals and social creatures we are naturally affected by patterns. The heartbeat has a rhythm, which follows a certain kind of pattern; the regular breath has a pattern. The genetic code resembles a pattern. Metabolism in general is determined by patterns: nutrient uptake, transport, transform and excrete - as well as the course of nature: spring, summer, fall and winter - birth, growth, reproduction and death.

We surround ourselves with patterns: patterns on wall papers, patterned textiles, music, dance, customs, behavior. We feel save with patterns, because they are predictable.

In this work I want to show the principle of patterns in a metaphorical way: different artificially generated sound sequences are connected in certain order and repetition. As a result a pattern develops a rhythm. The rhythms are accompanied by a synchronized run of images, which also follow a certain pattern and result in a kind of dance.

"After all, rhythm is the repeated pattern itself - the code and the looping. And we all dance to that. We dance to a choreography that is pre-programmed into the interface. This choreography has power: it is the planned moves of control.(...) But really we are just making the same old moves that everyone else on the dance floor is pushing out of their (seemingly) free flowing limbs. We dance, and we are part of the choreography of control." (Renee Carmichael/ )

Dancer: Alessandra La Bella, Jennifer Ruof
Soundmaterial: Antje Fischer

  • Alessandra La Bella
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  • Antje Fischer
  • Eri Kassnel
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    3 minutes 18 seconds
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    December 31, 2016
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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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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.