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Norbert Brunner/Michael Schuster

Steirischer Herbst 99

Conceptual photographer Michael Schuster and poet Norbert Brunner executed the project Dokumentarische Dialektstudie (Documentary dialect study) in 1979. In 1999, adhering to exactly the same specifications, the project was played through one more time. Before examining the character of such a repeat performance, let’s consider the original concept. As the complete title of the first version indicates, the “Documentary Dialect Study from the Fersental to Garmisch-Partenkirchen” follows the transmutation of the Tirolean dialect from the German-speaking southern Tirol in Italy across the Austrian northern Tirol and into southern Bavaria in Germany. Twenty-four locations were scouted out over the course of as many days and documented both photographically and acoustically. For the photographic documentation, equivalent sites were chosen for each town: From the church tower, an automatic camera

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