Riverine - Water-Video-Installation by Philipp Geist 2006-2007
In his video-room installation "Riverine Zones Connected", multimedia artist Philipp Geist displays video recordings and video stills from national and international rivers. Using underwater video cameras, Geist has filmed our immediate but simultaneously far-off reality beneath the surface. He creates images that are blurred, abstract, naturalistic, colourful or monochrome.
Whether the recordings of urban rivers, small brooks, and vast rivers, which are always shown in equal proportion, are presented as video projection or on video monitors, and are supplemented with videostills,
depends on the spatial conditions in place. By making visible garbage on the ground, drying out riverbeds and water pollution the art work confronts the visitor with ecological topics in a subtle and unusual way.
Artist Philipp Geist, born in Witten in 1976, grew up in Weilheim and moved to Berlin in 1999. As an artist and autodidact, he works internationally with the mediums video installation, audio/ visual performance, painting and photography, e.g. 2002: opening of the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich | 2004: Sonar Festival, Barcelona; Mutek Festival, Montreal; Dissonanze Festival, Rome | 2005: facade installation, Zurich; Neue Nationalgalerie, Salon Noir, Berlin | 2007: Riverine video installation, Three Walls Gallery, Chicago| video installation Time Lines Palazzo delle Esposizioni,Rome | 2008: Time Fades, Kulturforum Berlin; Broken Time Lines, Neues Kunsthaus Ahrenshoop | Bucharest, Riverine video installation and photoworks | Lighting Times, Museum Weilheim. Further projects are characterized by their complexity and the integration of the location, the sound and moving images. contact: Philipp Geist, Berlin | www.videogeist.de | www.p-geist.de