Erase Remake is the film version of a performance that Jan Machacek and Martin Siewert first presented in 2006 in Vienna and Trento, Italy. A camera module, mounted inside of a scanner, renders precise close-ups and pans of its surroundings. The picture source "scans" the body of the performer, placing it in a charged field between live-action, recording, and reproduction.The music by Martin Siewert employs various improvisation reproduction techniques a sounding out of possibilities for the reproducibility of note, sound, and song structures. Erase Remake directs attention to detail and micro-structures, subjecting spontaneously generated images to extremely diverse scenarios of acceleration and deceleration. What emerges is a quasi-archeological occupation with the relationship of one's own identity to the body.
"Lost Destinations" is the name of a Web site dedicated to obscure locations in the USA. "Abandoned, unusual, wild and weird road trip photography and beyond" is presented for the viewer's pleasure, including illustrations of an abandoned concrete and building-material factory in Idaho Falls (the "Monroc Facility"), which is the starting point for Michaela Grill's video of the same name. A still image of the picturesque industrial ruin appears repeatedly throughout the half-hour work like a refrain, its stanzas comprising three independent abstract studies. The soundtrack by Martin Siewert underlines the suite's synesthetic character, by casting acoustic shadows in places where the video image builds on musical parameters such as rhythm, timbre and tonality. When the color and brightness of individual images are modulated in the reprise, the three episodes independently sample a range of more abstract visual characteristics. Power chords brace themselves against the final disintegration of the images. In the end Monroc comes to a lyrical, even gentle conclusion with the reappearing still. (Christian Höller)