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Unknown Soldier, 2007

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Unknown Soldier

1-channel video
Colour, mute
Shot on HDV
Converted to HD-SR and transferred onto Blu-ray Disc and DVD
Aspect ratio 4:3
Loop, 1 min
Edition 6 + 2 ap

Unknown Soldier (2007) reflects upon the absurdity of war, often associated with an heroic and mystified image of male strength and power. A soldier in full uniform is trapped in an endless choreography of absurd movements. The performer, a professional trampolinist, is exposed to the frantic rhythm of a strobe light and embodies an individual far removed from traditional male virtues: helpless, vulnerable, lost. Taking the title of the single-channel video, Rosefeldt refers to the widespread stone monuments dedicated to unknown soldiers.

L. Korndörfer

Exhibitions / Catalogues

– Julian Rosefeldt: Works 2001 – 2016, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, March–May 2017 (curated by Helene Nyborg)
– Julian Rosefeldt – Making Of. Film Installations and Photo Works 2004–2010, DA2 – Domus Artium, Salamanca,
   October 2010–March 2011 (curated by Javier Panera)
– Julian Rosefeldt. The Ship of Fools
, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, January 2008

Film Credits

Normann Hähmel (Soldier)

Director of Photography: Christoph Krauss
Production Manager: Wassili Zygouris
Assistant DoP: Frederik Tegethoff
Set Photographer: Barbara Schmidt

Editor: Arturo Martinez
Postproduction: Pictorion das werk berlin GmbH
Project Manager das werk: Carolina Ronzino
Colourist: Moritz Peters

Camera and Light Supplier: Cinegate GmbH
Transport: Medias Reiseservice GmbH

Shot in Berlin, 2007

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