Maria Vedder – Susurrus in Mexico

2012
4 channel video and sound installation

A project about electric smog and the sculptural quality of electric towers.
At the center of this installation is a sound that is usually inaudible or almost inaudible. The electromagnetic radiation from power lines – electric smog – surrounds us everywhere in everyday life. It is assumed that this radiation can have effects detrimental to health. Since we cannot perceive it, we repress awareness of its presence. In “Susurrus”, it is made audible in the example of the electromagnetic fields around land-based power lines.
2012 as an artist in residence in Mexico (EMARE MEX Werkleitz Halle) Maria Vedder filmed in different climate zones many landscape panoramas with land-based power lines. The noises of the respective electromagnetic fields were recorded with a self-built antenna on an audio recorder.
In the installation, one landscape is reproduced on one flat screen. Each picture is accompanied by the sounds of its electromagnetic field. Together, the 4 sound frequencies produce an auditory spatial composition. These tones, which suggest danger, contrast with the photographic beauty of the landscapes and the sculptural fascination of the electric towers.
The Latin word “Susurrus” means a rustling, whispering, or murmuring, but also an incongruity or absurdity.

Maria Vedder

THE RAINMAKER, 2016
3-canal-video installation

The medieval church in Bröllin provides the input for this work about finiteness. The defining element for the video installation is a circle. In christianity and many other religions this line without a start or end stands for finiteness.

On my flight from New York to San Franscico I took some pictures of the of huge circle formations in the Middle West. To me they seemed a divine or extraterrestrial message. Later I found out that they had been written into the landscape through circle irrigation. The water in Kansas comes from a ground water reservoir from the ice age. The rivers that used to be fed have long time run dry. This fossil water will be used up in a not far away future. Even below Saudi-Arabia has water resources from the ice age which have been channeled through circle irrigation into the fields. These also will be used up in the coming decades.

Agribusiness has torn this original symbolism into the contrary.

In these films the circles have been set into motion through a digital intervention putting in contrast pictures of rain and overhead sprinkling system in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. THE RAINMAKERS is – like the installation SUSURRUS in ETF! - part of a worldwide survey of industrial interventions in nature and landscape.
Maria Vedder lives in Berlin.






ETF! in Chile

Curator Adrienne Goehler opened the 16th station of "examples to follow! expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability" on June 9th in Parque Cultural de Valparaiso, Chile. This expeditions counts with the support of Heinrich Böll Foundation Chile, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam (Germany) and Goethe-Institut Chile.

Co-curated by Rodolfo Andaur the Chilean artists Aninat-Swinburn, Natascha de Cortillas, Vania Caro Melo, Claudia Müller, Guisela Munita, and Alejandra Prieto joined the current 62 international artists.

Pictures of the exhibition, that will be opened from 10.6. - 12.8.2017 can be seen here .

The IASS and the Heinrich Böll Foundation Cono Sur (HBS) launched the innovative series of events "mundos sostenbiles" in Chile to foster dialogue at the intersection of the arts, politics, and sustainability. The programme includes discussion panels, workshops, guided tours, performances, and video screenings on a broad range of sustainability topics. The events will be staged at Valparaíso Cultural Park and other sites in the city between 9 June and 13 August, 2017.

The Dialogue Programme in Valparaíso is structured around four thematic axes:

1) “Territories and resources: development models in dispute” (8 – 11 June)

2) “Food sovereignty and the challenges of climate change” (June 29 – July 2)

3) “Water: private property or common property?” (3 – 5August)

4) “Future Cities and Citizens” (10 – 12 August)

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