Seven Screens – the Osram Art Project in public space has become a distinctive feature of Munich’s cityscape and is now In its fifth year. A new installation, Cellule, by video artist Saskia Olde Wolbers started in May 2011. Her artistic works operate on the borderline between reality and imagination, creating a surreal world of suggestive beauty and surreal contemplative images in contrast to the fleeting human presence and surrounding hectic traffic.
Cellule is inspired by the novel, À rebours (Against the Grain), by the French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans in 1884. The novel describes how the noble but decadent protagonist retreats into the isolation of his own four walls and, thus, into his own imaginative world. The home of the ailing aristocrat Eremit is the setting of Olde Wolbers’ video. As in her previous video works, the artist, whose works are analogue, built a model of the house for Cellule that functions as a modular, portable space imbued with streaks of colour. The Duke’s cell, a refuge from the coarseness and banality of everyday life, is the central motif of inner projections and is staged by Olde Wolbers in dramatic contrast to the Seven Screens’ surroundings.
Seven Screens artists include Mader/Stublić/Wiermann (2006), Diana Thater (2007), Haubitz+Zoche (2007), Anouk De Clercq (2008), Art+Com (2008), Bjorn Melhus (2009), Ruri (2009) and Harun Farocki (2010).
Since 1966 Osram has exhibited contemporary art. These activities were expanded in 2001 to include the creation of a corporate collection of contemporary art. The art historian Dr. Christian Schoen is the director of Osram Art Projects and the curator of Seven Screens.
Image: Saskia Olde Wolbers: Cellule – video installation on LED screens. Source: Silvio Knezevic