Susanne Wiegner (Germany) – Kaspar Hauser Song, 2014, 3:15
The poem “Kaspar Hauser Lied” by Georg Trakl was written in 1913. Kaspar Hauser (30 April 1812 (?) – 17 December 1833) was a German youth who claimed to have grown up in the total isolation of a darkened cell. Hauser’s claims, and his subsequent death by stabbing, sparked much debate and controversy. (Wikipedia)
The visualization of the poem is based on the inscription of Hauser’s gravestone where you can read in Latin: “Here lies Kaspar Hauser, riddle of his time. His birth was unknown, his death mysterious.” In the film, the typeface is three-dimensional and builds a sequence of spaces, that is passed by the camera. Images and videos are projected on the letters, that lights up in the dark like kaleidoscopic smithers of memory. By these means the epitaph becomes the abstracted path through Hauser’s life from the subtle, slightly colored experiences of nature to the gradually darken spaces of civilisation, to a confusing labyrinth.
Towards the end of the poem, the camera leaves the typeface, the script becomes flat again and one realizes Kaspar Hauser’s headstone.
studied architecture at the Academy of fine Arts in Munich and at Pratt Institute in New York City. She works as an architect and 3D-artist in Munich, Germany. In addition to projects in real space, for several years she has been creating 3D computer animations dealing with literature and with virtual space. Venues where her work have been shown include the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Art + Technology Center EYEBEAM in New York City, FACT in Liverpool, FILE in Sao Paulo, Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, WRO Biennale in Wroclaw, National Gallery of Art in Vilnius re-new, digital art festival in Copenhagen, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei and festivals in Marseille, Rotterdam, Berlin, Athens, Lisbon, Toulouse, New Delhi, Damascus, Beirut, Vienna, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Macau, London etc.
In 2011 her film “just midnight” was the winner of the festival award “la parola immaginata” in Bergamo, Italy and in 2012 her film “at the museum” won the Ballon-Prize at crosstalk VideoArtFestival 2012, Budapest, Hungary. In 2014, her film “Love in the Age of the EU” was selected as one the best three films of ZEBRA Poem 2014, Berlin.
In 2015 her film “the light – the shade” was the winner of CYCLOP 2015 intern. contest in Kiev, Ukraine.