The Watch is a project by artist Darsha Hewitt (CA) and cultural history researcher Sophia Gräfe (DE). The video and installation abstract qualities of household technology from the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Centering on the standard lawnmower model from this historical socialist state, the work sheds light on circular effects of war and economics on domestic design and behaviour. The Watch channels a re-imagination of domestic technology from the German Democratic Republic (GDR). It sets out to explore how subtle forms of militarism are felt in domestic and psychic spaces and connects everyday technology lived with in the GDR with present-day issues related to privacy and household autonomy.
The Watch premieres at transmediale 2017
Sophia Gräfe is an assistant lecturer and freelance text editor based in Berlin. Her academic work is focused on visual epistemology and the history of behaviour. This includes work within the fields of film and digital art. She is currently working as an assistant lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin. Working with video she portrays the uncertain epistemological terrain of the filmic image. In »Ende der Überspielung« (End of copy) (2016), she addresses the historical figure of the observer in the surveillance system of the Ministry for State Security of the former GDR.
Soundtrack developed with AGF (Antye Greie-Ripatti). Antye Greie aka AGF or poemproducer is a vocalist, musician, composer, producer, and new media artist. She was born and raised in East Germany and is now based in Finland. The video was developed in collaboration with Jemma Woolmore. Jemma is a Berlin based video artist. Merging digital content with handmade sculptural objects Jemma blurs the boundaries between real and virtual, exploring abstract textural landscapes that fluctuate ambiguously in scale between the micro and macro.
This project is supported by the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (BAS) / Graduiertenschule der Universität der Künste Berlin and is Co-funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin