'05 - The international video art fair
Nov 10 - 13, 2005
artist: Stefan Panhans
film: SIEBEN BIS ZEHN MILLIONEN, 2005, 5:30 min
man fixes his penetrating gaze on us, frontally, ceaselessly, almost aggressively.
He has blue eyes, a three-day beard and wears an orange-red hip-hop style
camouflage cap and a thick fur hood. In the background, snow flakes fall
in nostalgic peace, in front of a fuzzy urban facade reminding of an abstract
The social belonging of the man is unclear. His Situation might range
between the well-heeled hip upper-middle class white-trash tweny-something
and the homeless person. Sweating, in a hysterical staccato and in a cool
music-video-like slang he tells us his shopping strategy when buying an
undefined high-tech hardware product.
In an almost conspirational, missionary forcefulness, he talks about the
demanding >work< of consumption, about daily confusion and paranoid
moments in contemporary temples of consumption. Starring from a pedantic,
obsessive nightmarish product search, he finally pictures the arrival
at a decision as a mystical, almost pseudo-religious experience.