Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: A JOURNEY THROUGH MUD AND CONFUSION WITH SMALL GLIMPSES OF AIR: SCHIRN, Frankfurt
There is an element of seduction to any encounter with the films of Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg. The interaction of sculpture, suggestive pictorial worlds and hypnotic music soon sucks one inescapably into the pieces. The SCHIRN is presenting the first extensive survey exhibition of the duo’s work in Germany. Among the 40 or so works from the last two decades are early videos, large-format installations and their first VR project. Nathalie Djurberg first took the limelight with her stop-motion videos – a slow and very elaborate animation process in which a series of stills are edited to create the illusion of motion. The dolls made of Play-Doh, clay, textiles and artificial hair are the protagonists in a filmic narration that has been accompanied since 2004 by music composed by Hans Berg. The Swedish artist duo works completely intuitively each in their own medium, without a prewritten script, storyboard or a predetermined dramatic plot. Djurberg and Berg take you along on a journey into the inner workings of human beings – with films that resemble absurd dreams and suppressed memories, and with their highly atmospheric feel explore the limits of what is humanly tolerable.