The Head Of Vitus Bering
Der kopf des Vitus Bering, Austria, 2005, 5 min, Beta SP, Experimental
When Vitus Bering completed his curcumnavigation of northeast Asia on 13 August 1728 to prove that Asia and America are two separate continents, the coast of America was covered with fog and remained largely invisible to the discoverer. On the tracks of a discovery and at the same time groping through the dark; a confusing state, the various levels of wich are made evident in Michaela Schwentner`s video The Head of Vitus Bering. The pictures shows the black silhouette of a landscape emerging from a brilliant white. The landscape is grouped on a horizontal and in some places also on a vertical axis. It changes, seems to oscillate between various aggregate states. Forms become visible or invisible; colors fluctuate between white-gray-black. A type of fata morgana in a desert of ice. Also the sound and the text make reference to a state of madness - or at least heightened sensibility, the violin bows are tense, the voice entangle and distort.
Director of photography:
Neubaugasse 45/13, P.O.Box 197
A-1071 Vienna, Austria