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--- CANCELLED --- Artist Talk: SandraF: Spectral Realities --- CANCELLED ---

When Nov 13, 2019
from 02:00 to 03:15
Where Phil II, Building H, R.105 (Photo Studio)
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Contact Phone +49 641 / 99-30 027
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This talk is part of the conference Renegotiating Minoritarian In_Visibilities. For questions or registration please send a mail to .


Welcome: Ansgar Schnurr | Chair: Jana Tiborra


My moving image Spectral Realities questions the limits of representation. With its haunting figures, the images unsettle the stabilities of the sign of the ‘ghost’ in visual culture. This instability calls up a more eclectic understanding of seeing and visuality. The appearance of a 'ghost' always addresses a spectator who embodies performative seeing and writing in visual culture (cit. J. Derriday, Saybasili, 2010, p. 80). It is this gaze that reinforces the thickness of surfaces that are perceived as the self and only through touch one can relate to their limits. The assemblage of different media in my video installation creates a glitch in this performativity and opens an interstice: a space between redundancy and repetition. My ghosts are social figures; I use them as a metaphor to refer to ‘spectral’ realities associated with themes of dislocation and migration. These transgressing forms of representation make us the author of our own political, social and cultural involvement. I am using the sign of the ghost and the body itself as an instrument of perception.

Through inserting bodies into art as immediate way, I am deconstructing the delusion that a universal perspective exists. By obscuring the shape and form of the subjects, I am showing how bodies are de/reformed in social and political discourses. In this video installation, spectators are placed in the scenery of a borderland that is defined by the absence of signs of history and civilisation. The polytonic and visual heterogenous dialogue is used to uncover the social antagonism of refusing to co-habitate, touch, and share social spaces. The complexity of voices, sounds and places opens up a new space in history and could also offer a field for strange.


The installation will be shown in the photo studio from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14.

// SandraF (*1989, London/Vienna) is a visual artist and creative researcher. Her focus lays on exploring ‘space as performance’. In her works, she often dismantles the dominant dichotomies of the border concept in its widest sense. The physical act of walking plays an important role in her artistic explorations. The poetic and political works are often realized in a diverse range of media, including installation, video, photography and works on paper. Poststructuralist theories have become especially useful for her work, as they examine the occident’s traditional philosophical ideas and their aim to rationalize the world: reasoning in categorizations, universal and natural regimes are replaced by ideas of differences and liminality.

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