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Ovalhalle / MQ Wien Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien

Medienturm SHOWS 05
SPEECH: Katarina Czerny
“A computer is filmed from the inside and outside by two webcams; the images are transferred to the Internet. The computer to foam gets images of its own destruction from a website and shows these, while still being functional, via projection to the audience.” This is the “testing arrangement” of the architect Thomas Kienzl, which G.R.A.M. reinterprets by analogy with the new interpretation (2003) of the Rudolf Schwarzkogler-action “musical comedy for television (colour television)”. G.R.A.M. links the destruction of a computer through PU-foam to videos, showing beheadings of hostages through Islamist religious warriors, published via the Internet: a triangle between committer, victim and consumer (audience) evolves. The action also happens in the virtual, public space: a man-machine-production as loop: that’s how modern terror functions.

The title of the action “ALLHAMDULEILAH” stems from the Persian and means “thank God”.


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G.R.A.M., ALLHAMDULEILAH, 2005. video. Courtesy Edition Medienturm, Graz