From September 10, 2015 to November 11, 2015

Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany

David Kramer’s “Empire” just like his drawings using text and image, but the attenuation of life is set in motion by the changing light and the stream of ships. The film was shot with a surveillance camera, showing the Empire State skyline from afar. Like Warhol’s idea behind his “Empire”, Kramer wants us “to see time go by” but in the age of smartphones and google, he humorously makes a 24 hour cycle into a 4 minutes film piece.

The spectator being accross the river is faced with a sentence representing his hubris desire of being part of this grandiosity, almost out of reach being too fast…too far.

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” – The hymn to freedom, joy and brotherhood – (performed in April 1942 for Hitler’s birthday by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler) is just the cherry on top of this concocted satire.


David Kramer