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Stefan Burger

Kunsthaus Baselland

This past February, the Munich factory of Agfa met its downfall in a spectacular but quite deliberate explosion, thanks to the unprofitability of film-based photography. The monument’s demolition became an allegory for a vanishing era of analog technology, all the more so because video documentation of its collapse was distributed on digital platforms such as YouTube. Stefan Burger takes this collapse as the topic of his elegant and theatrical installation Analoges Denkmal (Analog Monument) (all works 2008). A 16-mm projector plays a looped silent film of this very explosion onto the wall. The explosion is announced fractions of a second before it happens by a flashing signal recorded on the film image, which almost appears to come from the projection apparatus itself, and which unremittingly appears to bring down the building. At the same time, the projector’s mechanism starts to whirl

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