aire de repos, Installation at Trinitatis Church, Cologne, 1999
aire de repos, still from the video

“According to John Jerde a sensually-limited society, yearns
for a more integrated life-style, a kind of ‘super reality’ in which
human beings can feel secure, comfortable and happy.” (Anna Klingmann, Architektur als Produkt, in: Daidalos 1998, Pg.69)
The people in this video who are searching for relaxation, find themselves in exactly this kind of ’super reality‘. The video installation „aire de repos“ by artist duo Dagmar Keller and Martin Wittwer presents an idealised image of landscape, a projection of ’nature‘, an artificial construction, in which nature is restaged in its idealised form. A technically conjured up Garden of Eden, out of which the distant voices of the participants can barely reach us.

Dagmar Keller / Martin Wittwer
aire de repos
1 channel video installation with sound, 1999
90:00 min. loop
Projection size approx. 3m x 4m