Thursday, February 28, 2008


The exhibition ARTSPACE GERMANY at Silpakorn University includes ATLANTIC WALL by Magdalena Jetelova. If I don’t remember it wrongly, it includes a text by Paul Virilio, a sketch or a map of something, a painting, and some interesting photographs.

After I watch some films, I like to imagine a new film or a new story inspired by the films I watch. When I see a photo of Magdalena Jetelova, I imagine that this photo is what happens before the story in BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA (2004, Sasithorn Ariyavicha, A+++++++++++++++).

This is the photo:

You can read a review of BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA by Wise Kwai here:

You can read a review of BIRTH OF THE SEANEMA in Thai by Filmsick here:

You can read a review of ATLANTIC WALL by Colin Darke here:

ATLANTIC WALL is inspired by the writing of Paul Virilio. I have never read Virilio’s work, but I like an animation inspired by his writing very much. The animation is called DAS DRITTE FENSTER (THE THIRD WINDOW) (1998, Hanna Nordholt + Fritz Steingrobe, A+).

These are other photos from ATLANTIC WALL:

This is the painting in ATLANTIC WALL:

I would like to quote a review on ATLANTIC WALL from the wonderful book WOMEN ARTISTS IN THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY. The review is written by Frank Frangenberg:

"When she employed lasers to project text sequences by Paul Virilio on fortified bunkers – Virilio's theme – in her project ATLANTIC WALL, 1995, Jetelova came very close to Plato's compelling image of reality as shadows cast on the walls of a cave. Her interest in the looming concrete structures of the German line of defence in the Second World War was to translate linear real time into a discontinuous time, into a context of interpretation beyond time, which would bring history and the present moment, memory and experience, objectivity and subjectivity, into a complex whole. Jetelova works with us and our imagination to make time a concrete experience, by showing space to be subject to change, forever in flux. She engenders a new, holistic space-time experience, a space of immediate perception, artistically staged and aesthetically refined."


There are many things I like in ARTSPACE GERMANY. One of them is HERE AND THERE (1989, Ayse Erkmen, A+), which is a 16-part sculpture. It looks like a stone to sit on.

You can read an interview of Ayse Erkmen here:

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