La construction du ciel, 2001, DV, colour, sound, 5:40 min.,
© and courtesy the artist
La construction du ciel, 2001, DV, colour, sound, 5:40 min.,
© and courtesy the artist
La construction du ciel, 2001, DV, colour, sound, 5:40 min.,
© and courtesy the artist
La construction du ciel, 2001, DV, colour, sound, 5:40 min.,
© and courtesy the artist
La construction du ciel, 2001, DV, colour, sound, 5:40 min.,
© and courtesy the artist
La construction du ciel, 2001, DV, colour, sound, 5:40 min.,
© and courtesy the artist
La construction du ciel, 2001, DV, colour, sound, 5:40 min.,
© and courtesy the artist
La construction du ciel, 2001, DV, colour, sound, 5:40 min.,
© and courtesy the artist

Josh MüllerLa Construction du Ciel

 

La construction du ciel is a video composed of still images and minimal tracking shots. It shows a dysfunctional airport lying idle beneath a blanket of snow; the microscopically slow camera captures icebound runways and parking lots shrouded in fog. The giant airplanes and terminals – symbols of a global culture defined by mobility and networking – are stripped of their function; in the meantime, the sky and fields blur into a spectrum of shades of grey. Now and then, the movie-like image of ’la construction du ciel’ comes close to a white surface, the  zero point of unexposed grainy film stock. The video reveals itself to be the construction of a crisis embracing the coordinates of time, place and visibility, which profoundly affects us, entering our bodies and neural pathways via the booming, low-frequency soundtrack (by Oliver Grimm). Later even the noise suddenly breaks off, and a new zero point, that of ‘non-sound’, starts. With the credits that subsequently scroll across the screen, la construction du ciel suggests that a zero point may always also be an acknowledgement of the vacuity of that which has already occurred, and therefore of the irreality of the present.

Lina Morawetz

 

  • Concept, Realisation: Josh Müller
  • Director of Photography: Martin Ruhe
  • Editor: Thomas Kühne / tomk
  • Sound Design: Oliver Grimm
  • Additional Sound Design: Daniel Bemberger
  • Additional Model Constructing: Thomas Osterwinter