Sissi

17 sec, Beta Cam
Videoinstallation
Münster, Germany

The video is looped on a 15'' monitor inside of a cardboard box with a peephole for viewing.

In the centre of the video image, a young woman is bird like sitting on a stake. A feeling of constriction creeps it. The blackness presses in on the woman in her exposed position and contrasts sharply with the warm tones of her clothing. The empty, dissatisfied-looking expression on her face reinforces the impression of isolation and loneliness.

Abruptly, the woman opens her mouth, but instead of a human voice, there unexpectedly emerges only a short, melodic warbling. The woman’s warble is at once bewildering, comical, shocking and surreal. Sissi in her imaginary cage leaves behind an uneasy feeling of amusement.