Louise Wilson, Jane Wilson. Stasi City. 1997

Louise Wilson, Jane Wilson

Stasi City

1997

Medium
Two videos (color, sound; 5 min.), four projectors, and synchronizer
Dimensions
Overall: 18' x 35' x 35'
Credit
Fractional and promised gift of David Teiger
Object number
187.2003.a-f
Copyright
© 2017 Jane Wilson and Louise Wilson
Department
Media and Performance Art
This work is not on view.
Jane Wilson has 3 works  online.
Louise Wilson has 3 works  online.
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This four-channel video installation was shot inside the abandoned headquarters of the defunct East German secret police—unofficially called Stasi City— a few years after the reunification of Germany. Images of the labyrinth of abandoned corridors, interrogation rooms, and open and closed doors are accompanied by a soundtrack of the clanging, buzzing, and clicking sounds that would have been emitted by surveillance equipment when police occupied the building. Stasi City is an imprint of the haunting memories embedded in architecture.

Gallery label from Out of Time: A Contemporary View, August 30, 2006-April 9, 2007

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