Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani
Toute la mémoire du monde / Alles Wissen der Welt (2006), The Rise (2007), Dynamis (2014)
Three video works of the program are based on an artistic study of the boundaries of patience and the social environment in which we form and accumulate our expectations.
Analogous to the movie “Toute la mémoire du monde”, 1956, by Alain Resnais, we filmed the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris using slow tracking shots. In a double projection thousands of stocking room shelves without books flash by and in the reading room the camera merely captures a handful of young people, whiling away their time. Amongst the waiting people the withdrawal of knowledge provokes first signs of resentment, first signs of rebellion.
“The Rise” shows the uncanny, the unforeseen, which lurks directly under the glossy surface of the modern environment. Moments in which the fragility of the layer of civilization is noticeable. Artists focus on the complex relationship between the visual language of a building, its psychological effects and the political-economic reality in which it functions.
In “Dynamis” Fischer & el Sani asked people who they randomly meet in the city of Thessaloniki to take part in a patience exercise, and in this way develop a collective cultural performance. A social balancing act, between standing up and collapsing. A constant rise and fall, figuratively speaking.