SEASON I

Program 01 15.10.05
Program 02 22.10.05
Program 03 29.10.05
Program 04 05.11.05
Program 05 12.11.05
Program 06 19.11.05
Program 07 26.11.05
Program 08 03.12.05
Program 09 10.12.05
Program 10 17.12.05
Program 11 25.12.05
Program 12 07.01.06
Program 13 14.01.06
Program 14 21.01.06
Program 15 28.01.06
Program 16 04.02.06
Program 17 11.02.06
Program 18 18.02.06
Program 19 25.02.06
Program 20 04.03.06
Program 21 11.03.06
Program 22 18.03.06
Program 23 25.03.06
Program 24 01.04.06
Program 25
08.04.06
Program 26 15.04.06
Program 27 22.04.06
Program 28 29.04.06


SEASON II

Program 01 14.10.06
Program 02 21.10.06
Program 03 28.11.06
Program 04 04.11.06
Program 05 11.11.06
Program 06 18.11.06
Program 07 25.11.06
Program 08 02.12.06
Program 09 09.12.06
Program 10 16.12.06
Program 11 23.12.06
Program 12 30.12.06
Program 13 06.01.07
Program 14 13.01.07
Program 15 20.01.07
Program 16 27.01.07
Program 17 03.02.07
Program 18 10.02.07
Program 19 17.02.07
Program 20 24.02.07
Program 21 03.03.07
Program 22 10.03.07
Program 23 17.03.07
Program 24 24.03.07
Program 25 31.03.07
Program 26 07.04.07
Program 27 14.04.07
Program 28 21.04.07
Program 29 28.04.07

 

Acorns Ixone
2002-2006, 1:30 min
(video, color, sound)

Extensions (remix)
(2001-2002) 12 min.
(video, color, sound)

 

 

Program 5 November 11, 2006

 

 

Aesthetics, aesthetically. Videoworks of Claudia Sohrens.
The idea for the video project “Acorns” occurred to me during my daily run in the park as I was literally hit by something on my head. Immediately I thought about an assassin hiding in the bushes trying to break my solitary Zen of running and trying to trip me. Intimidated and confused but also determined to get to the core of the mystery I continued my run. It hit me again and again until I finally realized something else that was accompanying the steadily pounding sound of my feet hitting the ground - I looked up and saw the acorns falling from the sky – I thought: The Acorn doesn't fall far from the tree – and so I started collecting them.

I decided to use the acorn as the antagonist in a series of formal video portraits of women. The stillness that the first minute of the video requires of the actor is reminiscent of historical portraiture in painting and photography. Then in a moment of surprise the quiet scene is disrupted in a burst of violence and comic tension when hundreds of acorns start pouring over a woman’s head, who is still completely (e)motionless. At this point it transcends from still to moving image; the absurd act lasts about 30 seconds while the accumulating sound of acorns hitting her head and ground fills the space. After a while it seems as if a fountain of Acorns is shooting from inside the head instead of falling. The Acorns stop and the video starts over.

I now have 24 portraits. I could have done one, but I kept going. My obsessive collection of acorns and the accumulation of video portraits emphasize my gluttony for images and their commodity.

I use the humorous idea of nature (acorns) invading the screen, fighting back and attacking us, to talk about the medium itself. I explore how technology and the over-saturation of information have not only affected perception and aesthetics but also ethics. I am testing our limit of patience for looking at seemingly static images – while simultaneously trapping the audience with the sound of acorns and the element of surprise, to provoke thought, self-reflection and to reveal the irony that they are about to miss the premise of this work by running off to the next venue.