Installation view, 162 von 172 Häusern stehen an der Hauptstraße…,
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, 2005
The project in its different versions is based on research in Warsaw, Poland:
in particular, a series of interviews with representatives from construction
and security companies and former and current inhabitants of gated communities.
Living in a private, protected estate is becoming an increasingly popular
way of life in the post-socialist city, and since the introduction of capitalism,
and increasingly since the late nineties, such non-public areas are consuming
more and more urban space.
The installation version contains a double slide projection and a video projection.
The images in the slide projection are black and white photographs from gated
communities in Warsaw. The text slides contain a number of partly fictional
dialogues between artist, curator, and the interviewees. The video projection
shows a snowy landscape on the periphery of the city with a gated settlement
on the horizon, while a male voice reads excerpts from a Norwegian fairytale
with the title “The Golden Castle that Hung in the Air”. The voice
describes the attempts by the male main character of the fairytale to get
into three different golden castles by conning his way past the dragons, snakes,
and wild animals who serve as the castles’ guards. The photographic
version of the piece contains the dialogues from the slide projection and
a selection of the photographs redrawn in a reduced black and white presentation.
2 slide projections, 162 B/W slides (English / Polish): approx. 16 min.
Video : approx. 13 min. (Polish / English)
32 lambda prints (German / Polish)
each 70 x 50 cm
Artist Book: The Golden Castle that Hung in the Air
Published by CSW Zamek Ujazdowski + raster, 2005
Voice: Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz
Audio editing: Andrzej Gladki
Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz, Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Ula Siemion, Patti
Maciesz, Barbara Zorman, Emily Lemon