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

The internationally awarded and globally touring exhibition "examples to follow! expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability" curated by Adrienne Goehler, former Senator of Culture of the city of Berlin, will be displayed with the support of Heinrich Böll Foundation Chile, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam in Postdam (Germany) and Goethe Institut Chile at Parque Cultural de Valparaiso from June until August 2017 together with a transciplinary dialogue program "Mundos Sostenibles". "examples to follow!" has been shown i.a. in Bejing, Mumbai, Addis Ababa, Sao Paulo and Lima. 

The project is going to be co-curated by the wellknown Chilean curator Rodolfo Andaur. The Chilean artists Aninat-Swinburn, Natascha de Cortinas, Vania Caro Melo, Claudia Müller, Gisela Munita, and Alejandra Prieto will join the current 56 international artists.

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15th Station of ETF!

This summer the 15th station of ETF! was in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Marstall Schwerin, Nikolaikirche Rostock and Schloss Bröllin and can be seen in this Fotoalbum.

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