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Clifford E. Bruckmann

20141114_LCY-ZRH

2014

Shot with iPhone 6

29:04 min

Courtesy the Artist

Clifford E. Bruckmann

20150224_BCN-ZRH

2015

Shot with iPhone 6

14:51 min

Courtesy the Artist

Clifford E. Bruckmann

20150804_ZRH-VIE

2015

Shot with iPhone 6

16:05 min

Courtesy the Artist

Clifford E. Bruckmann

20150812_DBV-VIE

2015

Shot with iPhone 6

08:29 min

Courtesy the Artist

Starting with the Grand Tour during early modernity, artists traveling is a recurring motif within art history. Clifford E. Bruckmann picks up on this motif in his installation and transfers it into the contemporary era, with mass tourism and low-cost airlines. Shaky iPhone recordings, filmed from a subjective perspective, show the path of the boarding zones at airports; from the security check, through the duty free area, to the gate. The large scale projections, with their soundscapes interweaving, portray variations of the ever same. They are presented in an arbitrarily expandable fair booth system, which is designed for functionality, similarly to the architecture of airports – thus pointing to the interest of the artist for normed and normative actions, aesthetically distinguishing every day life. The artist responds to the ubiquitous surveillance of the passenger by "filming back" and thereby produces a moment of emancipation in relation to the mechanisms of airports and other publicly used social spaces.

 

– Charlotte Matter