- Februar 26, 2013
- INGOLF KEINER
*1965 in Munich (GER), lives and works in Berlin (GER).
Ingolf Keiner’s work encompasses both installations and videos and performances. A recurrent theme in his work is the catharsis of humanity, our battle with ourselves and the laws of nature, and the accompanying failure. “Pride,” one of the seven deadly sins, “comes before the fall,” says the Bible. It could well be that this Biblical adage inspired Keiner’s installation titled “Fall.” The fall of Icarus from Greek mythology is depicted in contemporary material with a modern dress code and so transported to the present. A man in a black suit is hanging in a geometric construction made of aluminum poles that traps him in space as a transformation of his own head. In the video “Nebel” (Fog), Keiner dunks his head in a barrel of water in the middle of a foggy landscape to the accompaniment of sounds resembling water dripping in a cave. When he emerges he finds himself in the same mountain landscape, except that it is flooded with sunlight. He starts to run. When he reaches a mountain lake, his reflection surrealistically breaks free and starts a life of its own, only to find its way back to the person in the end. What is dream? What is reality? Before we can find an answer to the question, the loop starts from the beginning again.