Carsten Saeger

(of strangeness and hope)


AR work

As the final part of the three-year research project, this work explores the history of the original bust by Rudolf Oelzner that showed Patrice Lumumba and which was erected 1961 in Leipzig as a decreed act of solidarity and eventually got stolen in 1997. Besides to the work by Oelzner, more sculptures of Lumumba were made by other artists and were exhibited in Dresden at the „5. Kunstausstellung der DDR“ in 1962. Including the artist Jenny Mucchi-Wiegmann, whose bust of Lumumba eventually was chosen to be erected at the site in 2011 on the initiative of an association (DAFRIG). The video is guiding through the process of digitally reconstructing the original bust for an augmented reality sculpture based on archival photographic material. The work questions the artistic appropriation of Lumumba's image and the accompanying alienation through stereotypical forms of representation, which is thematized through the digital reproduction process. At the same time the AR sculpture and its performative approach deals with the physical presence at places of remembrance and is making the shift in the history of the place and its ceremonial function transparent. (This project was created as part of a grant by the city of Leipzig.) Credits: 1 Video, 7 min., HD, Voices: Christoph Tannert (Director, Bethanien Berlin), Dr. Philipp Schorch (Prof. LMU Munich, former research director at GRASSI Museum of Ethnography, Leipzig), Dr. phil. habil. Jürgen Kunze (Chairman, DAFRIG), Adam Szymczyk (Director, Documenta 14) 2 Digital reconstruction, rendering 3 Video still