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Edition Medienturm 25
Ilja Karílampi, Dj Säkerhetskontroll, 2010.
10:12 Min.

A portrait of global club culture, seen through the story of the character DJ Säkerhetskontroll (DJ Sicherheitskontrolle) is presented. Starting from a failed performance, we follow him on a journey witnessing the loss of a laptop in Amsterdam, mutated copyright warnings, a bevel-and-embossed history of warehouse parties, and hacked music video clips with a Swedish soundtrack.
The sporadic and sudden appearances of the DJ, and his mysterious identity, seems to charge and emphasize the possibility of gaining success through the absence or concealment. An underground passageway, hidden, may be the answer against the society of the spectacle. Or its ultimate consequence? Ilja Karilampi utilizes various media such as video, images, and installation. His work brings together different levels of narration, and a series of elements that refer to contemporary pop culture: likelihood of fiction, urban legends, music, and images from movies. Seductive forms and layers create personal meaning and order; often using simple materials, ready-mades and found imagery, Karilampi weaves poetic symbolism together with conceptual activity. Performance is an oft-recurring quality in his work, as a ghost that left a trace, appearing and disappearing, and in the role of the producer.

Ilja Karilampi was born in 1983 in Göteborg, Sweden and lives in Amsterdam and Berlin. He graduated as a Meisterschüler in Fine Arts from the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt, in 2010, and was a guest student at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, in 2008.

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EDITION MEDIENTURM () , Videos at VIENNAFAIR, 2011. Photo: Johanna Glösl