from 29 January 2021
Monika Oechsler’s exploration of bunker mentality makes uncanny audiovisual reference to the current pandemic. Best viewed using audio headphones.
Sequence duration: 3.25 min.
Photography: Monika Oechsler, Pallas Hochbunker, Berlin, Germany
Voice narration: David Crawforth
Script based on The Burrow by Franz Kafka
Animation and sound edit: Monika Oechsler
© 2020 monikaoechsler
Monika Oechsler, Sometimes I Dream, review by Maria Walsh at Art Monthly, March 2021
‘Monika Oechsler’s three-minute animation Sometimes I Dream, 2021, is the second commission in Beaconsfield’s online series Beacon_Transitions. The first, a commission by Simon Tyszko in collaboration with AD Crawforth, superimposed images of livestream public and social events onto CCTV footage from Beaconsfield’s nine security cameras, arranged in an onscreen grid. Oechsler’s short equally addresses the online screens as a format that acts as a portal to an external world beyond in that in turn uncannily resonates with the experience of being seated in front of it looking in and/or looking on. Beacon_Transitions is supported by Arts Council England’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Funding and Sometimes I Dream both formalises and allegorises the “bunker mentality” generated by governmental injunctions to “stay at home” generated by governmental injunctions to “stay at home” as a defence strategy against the “war” on the current pandemic.’ Read more here.
Sometimes I Dream is the second in the series Beacon_Transitions: a lockdown experiment wherein a virtual portal is opened by Beaconsfield for artists to explore, supported by Art Council England’s Emergency Response Fund.