Problems, 2016

Hong Kong 2018
Galerie Emanuel Layr
Video/Film
“Problems” was the title of Philipp Timischl’s solo exhibition at Halle für Kunst Lüneburg and the eponymous video work presented in this framework. The film is thematically and formally embedded in the American series “In Treatment” that deals with the issues of psychotherapy patients and those of the therapist himself. Framed as an image inside an image of the opening sequence of the series—a blue, watery streak swirling across the screen—a dialog commences through the addition of various, collaged sequences that do not lack urgency and intensity. However, due to the source material— originally ranging for example from events on an English estate in the 18th century (“Downton Abbey“) to the present in the south of the United States (“True Blood”) —, various actors and a wide variety of emotions the film is characterized by misunderstandings and abrupt subject changes.