TV Stassfurt

Video installation for the Shrinking Cities research project and exhibition, 2005

(with visomat inc.)

Staßfurt was once home to the largest TV manufacturer in the GDR, but today, it is a city without a centre. As a result of potash mining, a 200-hectare expanse that ran diagonally through Staßfurt’s Old Town sank seven meters into the ground: Town Hall, church and historic buildings all had to be demolished. Together with the media artists of Berlin’s visomat inc., raumtaktik developed the TV Staßfurt installation, which captures television images from the city’s scattered “sites of activity” and focuses them on the observer. Can a city centre be created or at least simulated through this type of medial consolidation?



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