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Omer Fast, 5000 Feet Is the Best, 2011, still from a color video, 27 minutes.

Omer Fast

Kölnischer Kunstverein

Omer Fast, 5000 Feet Is the Best, 2011, still from a color video, 27 minutes.

Omer Fast’s film and video installations constitute one long reflection on media-based translations and abstractions of reality. Often he reuses motifs, producing variations on themes from previous works. His new two-part slide and video installation Her face was covered (Part One & Part Two), 2011, for instance, seems like an afterimage of another work from last year, 5000 Feet Is the Best, which stirred up a lot of excitement at the last Venice Biennale and was also shown here—along with Nostalgia, 2009, for which Fast won the Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst (National Gallery Prize for Young Art). As in 5000 Feet Is the Best, the new work centers around the figure of the drone pilot who, hidden in his digital workplace, carries out military interventions on the far side of the globe. At the same time, the piece plays up the discrepancy between what we hear or read

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