Michaela Schweiger: Trabanten [Satellites], 2014

Women Video Work(s)

Women Video Work(s)
A Woman in the kitchen behind of a glass panel
Michaela Schweiger, »Trabanten«, 2014
© Michaela Schweiger
Date: 2014
Material/Technique: Video, color, stereo
Copyright: ©​ Michaela Schweiger 2014
A continuous tracking shot through Le Corbusier‘s “machine for living” in Berlin, the “Unité d’Habitation type Berlin” in the Westend, shows the lifeworld of different female residents of a high-rise block. The artist developed the dramaturgy on the basis of interviews, which she holds with the first dwellers and their daughters. Piece by piece, each in their own entirely different ways, the protagonists break with the prescribed roles of work, private life and communal life, which are at the same time manifested in Corbusier’s planned architecture. The passage of time is underscored by an antique choir, citing the social attitudes of the respective decades. 
Michaela Schweiger
Michaela Schweiger (born in Heidenheim, Brenz, in 1966) studied at the University of the Arts, Berlin and at the Cologne Academy of Media Arts. She has been professor of media art at the Burg Giebichenstein College of Art, Halle/Saale since 2011. She was winner of the 14th Marler Video Art Award in 2010, was represented at the European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, and exhibited, among other things, at NCCA National Center for Contemporary Arts, in Moscow. Her films and installations focus on twentieth century architectural endeavors at social planning and its gradual obsolescence.
Text and Biography: Sophie Leschik