Vienna

Isabell Heimerdinger

Krobath | Wien

A man stands in an empty white room, by turns bored and annoyed, then intent, thoughtfully staring into space. What we are seeing is a close-up of Wolfram Berger, a famous Austrian movie actor, for a full seventeen minutes. Isabell Heimerdinger titled her 16 mm film, which came out of her residency at the Atelier Augarten in Vienna, Waiting, Acting Waiting, 2003. She hired Berger to play a man waiting but instructed him first to wait before being filmed. In fact, the camera was already running, giving rise to two portraits.

The viewer quickly begins to search for the line between the acted and actual waiting. When a light meter is thrust into the picture and the light switches from too bright to too dark, the illusion of drama is interrupted—it is the moment of preparation for a role. When Berger puts on sunglasses and smokes a cigarette, he’s acting—and acting a cliché at that. But “

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