Karina Nimmerfall
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[2015 / 2022] The Resilience Complex

2-Channel HD-video, narrative script, photograph, computer-generated images
Dimensions variable

Responding to current social changes and their effect on our working and living conditions, the project explores the relationship of subjectivity, creative labor, systems, and environment around the concept of the "flexible human" in our crisis-ridden contemporary society. It takes the figure of the exhausted subject as a counter-model, in order to question generally accepted narratives of recent resilience concepts as a transformative paradigm along present socio-political debates, by using the artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927)—who has long been relegated to the category of eccentricity and madness in art history—as a medium and revenant. Combining different forms of photographic, computer-generated and moving images with language, The Resilience Complex draws on historical documents and archival material, as well as contemporary popular, literary and theoretical sources, to create references to the past and present—interweaving various real and imagined time-space constellations.

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