Michael Sailstorfer


It has been stormy seas for the world’s stock markets, and financial giants are tumbling from their pedestals, but meanwhile, a silver metal storage building on a snowy meadow is pulsating: The metal walls puff up until they look about to burst, then the building shrinks back to its original size. Michael Sailstorfer recorded this “breathing” building with a high-speed camera. Indeed, what looks like suspiration in the artist’s film Untitled (Lohma) (all works 2008) is nothing but a loop showing the moment before the structure explodes. Sailstorfer had the edifice (which he also built) dynamited, but all he shows us of the blast is its slow-motion buildup, forward and in reverse in an endless loop. It’s the perfect film to accompany the bursting of the housing bubble. Appropriately, Sailstorfer previously showed this piece last summer at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, in the heart of

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