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„Xaverl“
Mixed-Media Installation, Hinterconti Hamburg, 2007
(together with Wolfgang Fütterer)
Based on the three Austrian/German films „Sissi“ from the 50ies, as a Hommage to the 25th death-day of the lead actress Romy Schneider. Those three films where typical for the 50ies, that time after the war when the dark times of the second World War where slowly „fading“, when nobody wanted to talk about it anymore and people wanted to see happy, and mostly cheesy films about the „ideal world“. These films where some of the most succesful german movies of all times, seen by more than 25 million people in the cinemas alone. We took out the most significant symbols of the films, curtains, Sissis favourite pet, a young deer, sound like churchbells and the overkilling curtains. In two of the three rooms the visitor could hear constant churchbells and waltz-music and see a rotating golden deer. We put ourselfes in life-size paintings of the Emperors, Franz-Josef of Austria and Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary (Sissi) by Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Additionally, we recited every single dialogue between Sissi and Franz-Josef of all the tree movies as a video-dialogue on two facing monitors.