Screening
30 Apr 2021

Omer Fast

KARLA
KARLA (HD video, 34:45 min, Omer Fast 2020)

Followed by a discussion with the artist Omer Fast moderated by Cristina Baldacci and Claudia Peppel

KARLA is based on a conversation with a content moderator for the world’s largest online video sharing platform. The content moderator wished to remain anonymous and so his/her words were memorized by an actress, whose performance was then recorded using facial-capture technology. As the actress speaks, both her face and voice gradually shift into different characters, refusing to coalesce into a single identity, while delving deeper and deeper into one person’s nightmare of working with images in the gig economy. There are two parts to this work: A holographic projection and a small flatscreen monitor. In this preview file, the two parts of the work have been edited onto the same screen.

KARLA was commissioned by the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung / Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne for an exhibition in 2020.

Credits:
Based on an interview with a person who wishes to remain anonymous

Idea and edit: Omer Fast
Performer: Genia Maria Karasek
HD Camera and sound: Frieder Schlaich Sound
Post-Production: Jochen Jezussek
Production/Translation: Anna Bitter
Full 3D Production: Mimic Productions, Berlin
Hermione Mitford, David Bennett
Production Coordinator: Alexandria Frances Petrus
Motion Capture Director:  Alexandre Donciu-Julin
Render Artist and Technician: Johannes Mittig
Animator: Yeji Min Animator: Matilde Hansen-Walmsness
Animator: Angus McDonald
Holographic Technician: Robert Gabriel
AV Technician: Radek Pater

Venue

ICI Berlin
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With

Omer Fast
Cristina Baldacci
Claudia Peppel

Organized by

Gal Kirn
Claudia Peppel
This ICI event is organized in cooperation with the project Ré.Part – Partisan Resistance(s): Visual culture, collective imagination and revolutionary memory (ANR-15-IDEX-02) of Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes (LARHRA) de l’Université Grenoble Alpes, with generous support of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.

In English

First published on: https://www.ici-berlin.org/events/omer-fast/
Rights: © ICI Berlin

Part of the Symposium

Counter-Archive

A fascination with archives often entails a longing to return to sources, stories, and their beginnings. It is associated with a meticulous attention to detail, the uncovering of exciting connections, the collection of testimonies and reliable traces, accounts that corroborate a story, and contribute to the (re)construction of histories from below. However, at a time when the notion of the ‘archive’ threatens to become a dead metaphor or a cheap replacement for ‘canon’ or ‘corpus’, the symposium suggests to take a particularly contentious example — that of the Yugoslav Partisan ‘counter-archive’ — as a starting-point for its reconsideration of archival politics.

The Yugoslav, socialist, and Partisan past was both demonized by the resurgent Balkan nationalist projects of the 1990s and commodified by Yugonostalgic memorialization, stylized as either heroic or droll. Against these versions of a ‘frozen’ past, a multiplicity of projects, cultural, artistic, or political, have sought to document and aggregate past fragments, diverse snapshots, artworks, political events — a diverse archive to be retrieved in order to unsettle current narratives and mobilize emancipatory changes. The term ‘Partisan counter-archive’ in particular builds on two recent publications, Gal Kirn’s Partisan Counter Archive and Davor Konjukušić’s Red Light, which tackle the return to the Yugoslav Partisan struggle and its after-life, going beyond both revisionism and nostalgia.

Seeking to connect this particular example to wider revolutionary and decolonial histories, the symposium will also draw on some of the most advanced considerations of archival practices in radical modernist traditions and contemporary art. How can counter-archives connect the testimonies and legacies of past struggles with the victims of today’s oppression? What kind of power struggles are produced by counter-archives, and how do they manage to draw attention to what has been lost, overlooked, reduced, suppressed, or omitted from national archives and established historiography?

These questions and similar lines of inquiry will be discussed by researchers, artists, and filmmakers who have been working on (or with) the notion of counter-archive/s, recombining and reinterpreting the legacy of the oppressed. Coming from various disciplines and dealing with different archival materials, participants of this symposium share a critical awareness that the work on and with archives is traversed by profound power struggles.

Venue

ICI Berlin
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With

Daniela Agostinho
Cristina Baldacci
Paula Barreiro López
Omer Fast
Jacopo Galimberti
Sanja Horvatinčić
Davor Konjikušić
Alia Mossallam
Marta Popivoda
Elena Vogman
Ana Vujanović

Organized by

Gal Kirn
Claudia Peppel
Cite as: ‘Omer Fast: KARLA’, screening presented at the symposium Counter-Archive, ICI Berlin, 30 April 2021 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e210430-1>