Alicia Felberbaum

visual artist

UNDRESSING ROOM [2009]

In “Undressing Room” Felberbaum used a combination of animated stills and documentary open source archive material from the camps filmed in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The video borders between animation and documentary as a device to approach the paradox to be able to ascribe meaning to that which explodes the structure of meaning itself. Working In between layers of reality, she strived for a more nuanced and “poetic” demonstration of the events and experiences. The ambiguous nature of the work is an attempt for the audience to bring its own interpretation and experience to the screen.

People arriving to the camps in Auschwitz, were told to undress in preparation for showering. They left their personal effects and queue in the undressing room before entering the rooms with signs saying “baths” and “sauna”. Its furnishings were meant to simulate a shower room. To avoid panic, they were given a small piece of soap and a towel and were told to remember where they had put their belongings. The shower room was a large room with rows of exposed water pipes and sprinkler-type showerheads on the ceiling. The water was hot, the pellets had to be heated before they release the poison and the heat of the bodies caused the gas to work faster.

SCREENING

– May 19-21: CologneOFF 2011 Baltic Sea, NCCA – National Center for Contemporary Art, St.Petersburg, Russia.
– March 31 – April 2: CologneOFF 2011 – ARAD, Art Museum Arad, Romania (Curated by Wilfried Agricola De Cologne)
– February 18-19-20, 2011. The 6th annual Carnival of e-Creativity, India (CeC 2011) (Curated by Wilfried Agricola De Cologne)
– December 11- 12 2010 on Dehli International Arts Festival (Curated by Wilfried Agricola De Cologne)
– June 2010: Selected for CologneOFF 6th edition of Cologne International Videoart Festival by an international jury. http://coff.newmediafest.org/blog/?p=508
– January 27 2010: SHOAH Film Collection, Videochannel. (online. Curated by Wilfried Agricola De Cologne)

 

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