The City Of Anselma

Expanded Cinematographic Installation by Gusztáv Hámos and Katja Pratschke

The video shows one of the art pieces of Sample Cities / Imaginary Spaces. It deals with the theme of personal urban perceptions, which we call »the city« and researches what is contained or concealed in the city.

The source material for the installation consists of photo works by Gusztáv Hámos, produced between 1973 and 2012, each sequences depicts essential situations of urban experiences containing concentrations of human and inhuman acts in a compact form. The cities in this exhibition include Berlin, Budapest and New York as well as they will add Istanbul in 2015. Places with a traumatised past: (cold) war, dictatorships and terrorist catastrophes.

For the exhibition, nine of their photo sequences have been assembled into tableaux or series of images and a three dimensional photo object. Every individual photo work already contains within it an idea, an arrangement, a programme, a concept – as scores and notations. Each video outlines an imaginary city that summarises an historic, social, economic, political or private aspect in a poetic narrative.

Learn more about Hidden Cities and Sample Cities at potentialspace by Gusztáv Hámos and Katja Pratschke.

Katja Pratschke will be artist in residence in Istanbul next year – 2015 – by the Berlin Senat. During this time she and Gusztáv Hámos will make a movie about Istanbul.

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