Karina Nimmerfall
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[2008] Remake (Architectural Overdub)


Wood construction, paint, fabric, two rear-projection videos
Dimensions variable (approx. 400 x 400 x 225 cm)



Remake (Architectural Overdub) refers to the phenomenon of remakes of foreign movies in the (Hollywood) film industry, in particular the strategies of culture-specific architectural representations and their stereotypes. It addresses the question of how architecture is converted or "translated" by examining the outcome of a space that was transferred several times through a translation process. The starting point of the project was the U.S. horror shocker The Grudge (2004), a Hollywood remake of the Japanese original Ju-on (2002), produced for a mass western audience. For the U.S. film version, a traditional Japanese house, based on "typical" Japanese architectural fragments was redesigned as a film stage, one created naturally to be more comfortable for the large-scale technical filming process.


Remake (Architectural Overdub) again translates this film stage, adapting a technique similar to that of "dubbing" (the synchronizing of a film into a different language) while playing with the visual effects of such revisions. The individual architectural fragments of the installation are interpretations that include the gaps and errors that naturally occur within translation processes, by only relating vaguely to its original, concentrating on those formal aspects that are recognized by the viewer as "typical Japanese", but are in reality no more than a cultural and cinematic cliché.



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