THE BIG ONE
23 - July 20, 2007
are pleased to present THE BIG ONE, in the second solo exhibition of COM&COM
at the Galerie Olaf Stüber. This transmedial art project includes
the media movie, painting and print.
Anna (Yangzom Brauen) has just buried her beloved aunt as California waits
once more for the big quake to hit. Unsure of where she is going, she
climbs into her old convertible for a trip through the desert. Along the
way she meets a series of bizarre characters, including two dancing glitter
girls, a crazy jogger and a heartbreaking crooner. Anna’s friends
and family also appear repeatedly to her in her car for imaginary conversations.
The levels of time and perception, of the past and present, begin to merge
and the trip increasingly becomes a journey into Anna’s consciousness.
THE BIG ONE is not a film about an earthquake, but rather a road movie
about life, love, and the big questions: who am I, where do I come from
and where am I going? What we eventually realize is that everything that
is, is material for what will come.
25 min., 2005
Directed and produced by Johannes M. Hedinger and Marcus Gossolt (COM&COM)
Script by Johannes M. Hedinger
Camera and edited by Simon Baechler
Music by Mario Marchisella
Cast: Yangzom Brauen, Selene Luna, Pearl Harbour, Matt Lowe, Jack Barley,
Courtenay Kellen Taylor, Maureen Kellen Taylor, Ronny Novick
painting / prints
The Movie THE BIG ONE consists of about 80% real movie images and 20%
abstract digital animations, which partly merge with the real images.
The colors and forms of the animations were generated out of the preceding
realistic scene and its message. After the finishing of the movie the
artists decomposed it in its piece parts. The movie form the basis and
startging position for new works in different media. On the basis of movie
stills from the animatino sequences handmade big format paintings were
produced, likewise a print edition was made out of cross-fades of real
and abstracts movie stills.
Project - Website
Johannes M. Hedinger (*1971) and Marcus Gossolt(*1969) founded the art
label COM&COM (Commercial Communication) in 1997. Their films, art,
theatrical pieces, music, books and monuments thematize the border between
high art and pop culture. They parasitically occupy the communication
channels of advertising and mass media to enact performances of the concepts
of original and counterfeit. The works and projects of Com&Com were
showed already in over 15 countries and in over 80 exhibitions and numberous
Festivals (among them 4 Biennials (Venice, Singapore, Shrajah, Turin)
and solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Zürich and Kunstwerke Berlin).
Johannes M. Hedinger and Marcus Gossolt live in Zurich, St. Gallen and
Berlin and work in situ.