Barefoot in the Great Expectations

Barefoot in the Great Expectations is a sound installation. It consists of a sound piece played on 4 speakers in a room and an empty projection. Different sounds (sentences or samples from movies) are played on different speakers. The samples from movies appear as whispers from different corners of the room.  In the middle of the room, a projection is placed on one of the walls representing a blank space of expectations at which the viewers look while perhaps expecting an image to appear. Nevertheless, this doesn’t happen.

The sound piece explores the duality of imagined or „fictional“ emotions we experience while watching movies and the empty room (the room “outside” the film) where this sound piece is being played. It is set in this space between the two states of „real“ and „fictional“ emotions.

The listener hears a constant sound of an old film projector running and parts of jingles of famous film studious (WarnerBros, Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks) along wiht cut-ups of sentences, phrases, words or sounds from American movies. What is left after seeing all of these movies is a sense of longing for things we never had, but our characters did. The monologue of Minnie, Gena Rowlands’ character in Cassavetes’ film Minnie and Mosokowiz underlines the piece as a hole and questions these expectations we have from romance and the image of a women and femininity.

Exhibited at Immigration Office gallery (Bremen, Germany) 2014