Notturno III / Material is a 2-channel video installation, perceived during my stay in Italy at Casa Baldi/Olevano. After Notturno I (2013) and Notturno II (2017), the first two parts of an autobiographically tainted trilogy about aesthetic impressions embedded into the horizon of contemporary history, Notturno III / Material will give insight into the invention of images and the backgrounds of my way of operation. It will form the starting point of the closing part of the trilogy.
ulrich polster - markale|2016 The video-collage Markale|2016 is a unification of recordings from the years 1992-95, 2006 and 2016 as well as live broadcastings in Europe during June/July 2016. In its genesis this video work refers to two former works of the artist - MISH (2006) and REPORT (2016). MISH is a travelogue about the Balkans and REPORT a recherche labor about the coverage of the balkan wars and their documentation, starting from the 10-Day war in Slovenia 1991 up to the peace treaty of Dayton in 1995.
breaking the clash /by alexander koch Ulrich Polster’s medium of choice is large-scale video installation1. His subject matter is the dissolution of spaces of social interaction and of constructions of identities and political meanings. His methodology is one of choreographed editing — a fragmentation of bodies and their capacity to act, a strictly rhythmical dissection not only of real spaces, but also visual or sonic architectures, an — at times imperceptible — interweaving of diverging time axes and horizons of remembrance.
bih /text The complexity of this exhibition [Trouble with Realism] and its mental correlations might best be condensed in this short video by Ulrich Polster. For a few minutes we see, greetings from Claude Monet, a heystack. Wether we are looking at a freeze frame or a cinematic shot is hard to tell. One thinks to observe how haze scraps are slightly moving, but this might be as well an illusion.
ulrich polster / recent works (2012) /by christoph tannert Ulrich Polster is not an artist whose works aim to please. His video projections would hardly pass as decorative tapestries of sound, but demand rather to be penetrated by the viewer, which may well add up to a laborious work process. As is true of his latest pieces, two of which he will be showing at the gallery: the 3-channel video projection “Shaoxing Lu”, and the 1-channel video projection “Auslöschung” [= Extinction].
homesick for limbo – observations on ulrich polster’s videos and installations /by claus löser All of the milestone in cinema history have derived their energy from a basic contradiction. Amid public proclamations of the greatest possible intimacy, they realize what in effect are impossibilities. By practicing exhibitionism they simultaneously create protective spheres for what is private and personal. Authentic films always act for this reason as accumulators of what are actually incompatible spheres.
flusz /text “The willow sees the heron’s image… upside down.” This Haiku of Basho gives the parable of the hypothetical construct of world view and our individual anchoring in it. On a ride through foreign places, the glance on cultural identity separates into its fragments. The fragments arise from interior, medial, dreamt pictures, fed on yearnings, projections and surfaces. Sequences occurs which allow complex layering: the token picture is the picture of the picture of the picture.
This text has not been translated yet Glücklich die Pferde auf ihrer Koppel Der Videokünstler Ulrich Polster kombiniert sparsame Bilder zum großen Panorama: Das Leben Nichts besonderes eigentlich, antwortet Ulrich Polster lapidar auf die Frage, was er vor dem Kunststudium in Leipzig gemacht habe. “So die klassische DDR-Karriere: Einen Beruf gelernt, Nachrichtentechniker; kurz in dem Beruf gearbeitet, aufgehört, verschiedene Jobs gemacht, Bratwürste zur Messe verkauft, im Museum Ausstellungen auf und ab gebaut und als Aufsicht gearbeitet, Straße gekehrt.
ulrich polster - notturno /by christoph tannert Ulrich Polster, who grew up in the GDR during the era of the Cold War, has traced out his aesthetic influences in his single channel projection Notturno. The artist approaches his video pieces from a painterly angle and finds it very important to convey their visual presence to the full. For this reason he decided to project the work onto a Perspex surface.
This text has not been translated yet schmale pfade - anmerkungen zur arbeit von ulrich polster /by radjo monk Nähe und Distanz, Meditation und Analyse – das sind zwei Gegensatzpaare, die mir spontan einfallen, wenn ich darüber nachdenke, was mich an Ulrich Polsters künstlerischer Arbeit fasziniert. Erzählstränge werden gebrochen und markieren philosophisches Terrain. Tempi werden überraschend gewechselt und assoziieren kompositorische Strategien. Und die dem dokumentarischen Element stets verbundene Ebene bewegter Bilder wird angehalten zugunsten eines poetischen Schwebezustandes.
ulrich polster - report /by dieter daniels Seven monitors transmit excerpts from television reports on the Yugoslav wars, the ten-day war in Slovenia in June 1991, and the Srebrenica massacre in July 1995. For his work, Polster recorded relevant repeats of the German news program Die Tagesschau twenty years later, as transmitted by digital station tagesschau24 (still named ARD EinsExtra until 2012). He selected the reports on Yugoslavia from roughly 200 hours of material to present them in a condensed montage on all seven monitors simultaneously.
painted with light /by arvo iho “People now nothing of their subconscious desires.” Where they are now building on the ‘boiler’ was the gate to the Zone in the film ‘Stalker’ by Andrei Tarkovski. In the industrial estate between Old Narva and Leningrad Avenues all the trips using the flatbed railway truck were filmed. At the bridge over the River Pirita the flatbed truck halted, that’s where they got off and headed in a northerly direction.
dormant images /by claus löser On 1 May 1981 of all days Andrei Tarkovsky‘s movie Stalker opened in some cinemas in the GDR. The news of this curious, cryptic, philosophical and in every respect unusual work spread like wildfire in the circles of people seeking ways out of the intellectual dilemma of everyday existence under really existing socialism. How was this possible? The fact that it was from the Soviet Union of all places that a film reached us that struck these hidden chords in us?
going behind the images /by hajo schiff JOURNEY Everything starts with an image – and it will also end with this image. What expands in between to a 39-minute 7-channel video projection is a stream of associations, interpretations and effects derived from it. An extremely subjective world of images carries you off, not unlike its cinematic model, Tarkovsky’s Stalker, after a train journey into a ZONE which can never be exactly comprehended behind the image and between the images.
captive in time /by matthias lindner “The machine-gun-man on the … motorcycle.” The projection opens with words from the contemporary witness Arvo Iho, the only comprehensible speech in the video installation. The former intern on the set bears witness in this way to the starting point of Polster’s video – the former locations of Tarkovsky’s Stalker. In the course of the 40 minutes Polster will modify additional typical Tarkovsky scenes and ambiances/environments: the train trip and the waterfall, the large areas of fog, fire, landscapes full of ruins.
a point of view here, from elsewhere /by stéphanie katz A text about the work of Ulrich Polster Everything occurs as if Ulrich Polster had the means to transversally apprehend different image arrangements1: something similar to an imperceptible step to the side that allows him to talk to us about images of here, from a standpoint somewhere else. Born in 1963 in Frankenberg, in the G.D.R., he belongs to that generation of artists from Eastern Germany who had to deal with the economic, cultural and aesthetic downfall provoked by the fall of the Soviet Empire and the opening of this other Europe to the West.
ulrich polster/christine scherrer: unstern /by christoph tannert There are streams of images that are reminiscent of Yogic manuals without the tinge of esotericism, looking rather like relaxation therapies that would have been stripped of their didactic undertones. The three-channel video projection Unstern [Disaster] by Ulrich Polster (visuals) and Christine Scherrer (sound) is arguably the most disturbing and simultaneously well-tempered exploration of remoteness to come out of Germany in recent months.
versprengung /text We started off our collaboration with a common will structure. We began with a formal vision that was to bring our individual processes together, and give us clarity and security. But our tendency to quote, to recycle our own sounds ans images, and the pursuit of each our own artistic handwriting changed the structure and eventually dissolved it comoletely. At the end of this process there was a pause, a concentration on the Versprengung, the scattering, which allowed us to let something arise that was outside each of our separate worlds.
wir sind das volk /concept (excerpt) It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind Sarah Kane, “4.48 Psychosis” 2000 This video/sound installation examines the slogan “We are the people” with regard to its social relevance in 1989 and today, focusing on its inherent meaning in the light of the misuse it experiences from society and the media, on the one hand, and its romantic idealisation on the other.