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Anja Kirschner

UNICA
FLUENTUM

Post-Apocalyptic Scenarios


Based on research into the technological and aesthetic potentials of immersive media, the publication UNICA accompanies the latest exhibition by Anja Kirschner (b. 1977, Munich; lives and works in Berlin and London) and deals with the ways in which historical violence resonates in the world of post-apocalyptic video games. Her approach here derives from the artist and author Unica Zürn (1916–1970) who broke with normative anatomical, architectural, and linguistic structures. Kirschner transfers this approach to digital production forms and historical shooting locations, bringing them together into a profoundly contemporary and site-specific form of inquiry. By fusing current forms of post-cinematic production like motion capture with drawing and quasi-archaeological processes, the artist condenses UNICA into a complex and poetic exploration of new technologies and the experiential worlds they create.

The publication documents the commissioned artwork which was presented as part of the exhibition series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving by Fluentum, a nonprofit platform for exhibiting, producing, and collecting contemporary art with a focus on time-based media. The essays are written by Luisa Lorenza Corna, Claire Finch, and Lisa Jeschke.
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