Objects in mirror might be closer than they appear, 2016

Basel 2017
Sies + Höke, Galerie Tschudi
video, sound
Presented as a double-channel video installation with a semi-transparent mirror in the center, Objects in mirror might be closer than they appear is a new film by Julian Charrière and Julius von Bismarck. It alternates between found footage from NASA and other archives, showing some of the first images of Earth seen from space and close-up imagery as reflected in the eyes of a deer, which the artists recorded in the exclusion zone near Chernobyl, having mounted a small portable camera to the animal’s antlers. Both images present the viewer with scenarios where humans have extracted themselves from their natural habitat. The unfiltered awe of early travelers at the first sightings of the blue planet stands in stark contrast to the dystopian post-nuclear wasteland that was left after the Chernobyl catastrophe. Where the exclusion zone is portrayed as an uncanny universe, seen through ghostly projections, the NASA archive footage presents Earth from a metaperspective, in all its fragility. With this project, Charrière and von Bismarck continue the artistic collaboration that has been going on – parallel to their own separate practices – since they started sharing a studio in Berlin in 2011.