Monika Oechsler
from 29 January 2021

Monika Oechsler’s exploration of bunker mentality makes uncanny audiovisual reference to the current pandemic. Best viewed using audio headphones.

Monika Oechsler
Sometimes I Dream 2021
HD video loop and sound
Sequence duration: 3.25 min.
Sometimes I Dream is an animated short film by Monika Oechsler that touches upon the fragility of body and mind. Inspired by Franz Kafka’s unfinished short story The Burrow, the film creates an analogy between bunker building mentality and the fear of an unknown enemy invading the bunker. Sometimes I Dream leads the viewer on a tour through the interior of an actual bunker of monumental proportions. The animation reconfigures the bunker as an immersive and experiential environment that becomes synonymous with the body and at the same time playfully references Virtual Reality games.The Pallas High Bunker, constructed in Berlin during WWII using forced Soviet labour, was originally intended to serve as a telecommunications office. The building was reconfigured into a civil protection bunker in the late 80s, with the capacity to shelter 4,800 people. In recent times, bunkers left over from both WWII and the Cold War era have become desirable real estate for wealthy clients.Commissioned by Beaconsfield, London
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
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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.