Horror Vacui

DV, 20 min, 2013

17 Photoworks plus Lyrics by Hannah Murgetroyed, 2013

Transformation of an exisiting building, 2013

Transformation of an exisiting building, 2013

collaboration
Hannah Murgetroyed Jan Giesecke Kaspars Lielgalvis
funding
NOASS Goethe Institut Riga

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Transformation of an exisiting building in appearance

(horror of emptiness) is the hypothesis that the nature in front of empty spaces „shrink back“. Therefore, empty spaces are anxious to suck gas or liquids, so they no longer be empty.

Transformation of an exisiting building, 2013

The works have been developed during a 4 weeks long stay in Riga in the context of an „Artist in Residence Program”, invited by NOASS. The artistic focus during this stay layed on unused, empty buildings and their potential stories. I was searching for traces, references to the past, which gave me a kind of starting point for fictional stories to fill the found emptiness. Out of the traces I found and the experiences I made during the excursions into empty buildings  I developed two different works.

The video is using principles of the genre of horror in film. It uses found footage and is combining them with found footage in Riga. It show the hidden city, hidden and repressed places which are not visible on the surface. This also works for repressed problems from the past, which I felt in a kind of latent presence. The video work will offer different fill ins for abandoned, empty spaces and different possibilities for the interpretation of references.

The photographic work is using found material out of former times and is combining it with abandoned spaces found in Riga. The combination leads to fill ins. There will 17 combinations framed.

Horror vacui

 DV, 20min, 2013

Transformation of an exisiting building, 2013

collaboration
Sounddesign Jan Giesecke
funding
NOASS Goethe Institut Riga

Transformation of an exisiting building, 2013

horror vacui janin walter

Horror Vacui  by Janin Walter is inspired by the interest of an athmosphere in derelict, empty spaces and abandoned buildings in Riga / Latvia and the further assoziations and narratives entwined around it. Coming from the concept of horror vacui – the fear of emptiness (void) and therefor the urge to fill it – Janin Walter developed a narrative videocollage, by working with her experiences in those unoccupied spaces and found traces from the past. ( Auszug aus dem Text der Ausstellung Passing by in der Lustigen Grube)

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Screening Lustige Grube Berlin, 2013

Video by Janin Walter, Lustige Grube by Alex Gross

Horror Vacui by Janin Walter

Solo Exhibition Total Dobze Riga I Latvia, 2013

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„Horror vacui“

Transformation of an exisiting building, 2013

17 Photoworks, 2013

ransformation of an exisiting building, 2013

collaboration
Hannah Murgetroyed
funding
NOASS Goethe Institut Riga

Transformation of an exisiting building, 2013

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Hannah Murgatroyd 2013

Kind Grey Teeth

When light departs it does not leave darkness. It leaves lightnessness. An entire silver clamour of departure, which would be quiet were it not for the horrible ceremony emptiness enacts.

Look Mother, there is a gap under the bed. We have lost the gables of the roof to it. They fell in the night. I can see mist upstairs. White gulls flecking the Persian grey.

I think the man with the tool belt is in the gap now. Can you not hear him rustling under us? He’s snickering about something. Oh, it’s your teeth. His fingers callous the grey squares that fell from the roof. Tappy tap, he shines the gap with slate. Hear him now, speaking to his tiles?

“I double you. I part you. I tear apart you.”

You are right, Mother. It is difficult to sleep with a man under the bed. Especially one who is such a hard worker. Tappy tap, he shines the gap with Mother’s teeth. I thought they were in the jar by the bed but no, it seems they are in my mouth. I had not assumed they would fit so perfectly.

“Man, could you sing us a lullaby while you work? We ladies are having difficulties sleeping.”

The man is kind enough to sing to us.

“I am the hole your eye would make for a window, the whole your mouth would swallow were it not busy elsewhere. Conversation-ailing. Eating the dread straight out of the air.”

Tappy tap tap, how he shines the gap.

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Solo Exhibition Total Dobze Riga I Latvia, 2013

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horror vacui by janin walter

horror vacui by janin walter

horror vacui by janin walter

horror vacui by janin walter