death | breath tomb | womb evil | live, 1998

death | breath tomb | womb evil | live, 1998

The same film is shown on the two adjacent monitors of this work: a man’s hands dismantle, clean and repair the motor of a motorbike. While the first screen shows the event as it happened, the second monitor plays the film backwards, so that we get the impression that the motor is not being dismantled but constructed. The work is presented in a theoretical endless loop: the two films meet at precisely the middle of one image and then part and run in opposite directions – until they change their direction again and run back towards each other. The title is a reference to the book The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster. –Daniel Schreiber


2-channel video installation, 20:25 min. loop, colour, silent, two monitors 28“, in sync


(1) Installation view at Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, 1998. Exhibited as part of “Heike Baranowsky: death / breath tomb / womb evil / live”. Photo: Jens Ziehe

(2) Installation view at Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringer Straße 13, Munich, 1999. Exhibited as part of “nur zeigen, was ist”. Photo: Philipp Schönborn

(3) Installation view at Kunsthalle Nürnberg, 2013 . Exhibited as part of “Heike Baranowsky: Time Traps” curated by Ellen Seifermann. Photo: Annette Kradisch

(4) Installation view at E 116º/ N 40º, 789 Dayaolu Workshop, Peking/Beijing 2005. Exhibited as part of “Convergence at E 116º/ N 40º”, curated by Feng Boyi