Brother of Sleep

2022, Animation, 2:55 min

Because one thing is stronger than us, and that is the eternal progression of time, which never stops and inevitably leads to death.”

Christian Boltanski

Four faceless dancers perform a ghostly, seemingly endlessly repeating dance. As in a baroque painting, beauty and “the brother of sleep” (= death) are juxtaposed here in an aestheticizing manner in one composition – a memento mori – underpinned by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Kreuzstabkantate “Komm o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder” (Come, O death, thou brother of sleep).

Death is embodied in the form of impaled butterflies (= baroque symbol of death and resurrection), which, however, appear alive despite their condition.

The basis of this work are 12 photographs in long exposure. Their constructed sequence in rapid succession creates an artificial choreography that becomes increasingly distorted.

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