Hello Hollow

Julia Oschatz &

A black screen, illuminated by points of light moving across it like snow flurries, sets the stage for the appearance of a creature that cannot be clearly identified as human or animal, which immediately begins a wild dance. Thus begins Julia Oschatz' video Hello Hollow, the formal design of which is, like almost all of the artist's works, characterized by a world of colour, mood and action drawn in tones of black-white-grey. The animation catapults the viewer into a prodigious spectrum of associations, each of which becomes concrete only for a few moments - such as when the points of light form themselves into the work's title - or at least seems to become concrete - when the viewer believes he has discerned human traits in the 'creature'. Nevertheless, it is a structural principle of this video-clip-like work that what is concrete about a situation in life or the environment is neutralized and transformed into a more generalized texture. The 'creature', in its abstraction oscillating between man and donkey, wolf or rabbit, can be understood as a symbol of all of these. Hello Hollow tells the archaic condition, of this 'creature' being thrown into the world and left at its mercy, as a clownesque, externally controlled actor on a stage that obeys barely rationally comprehensible laws and in the background of which the projections of this world rapidly pass by. (Wolfgang A. Döllerer)

About the video

Title Hello Hollow
Year 2005
Videonale VIDEONALE.11
Length 00:04:23
Format 4:3
Country Germany,
Language No dialog
Courtesy the artist
Specifications color, sound, single-channel video

About the artist

Julia Oschatz
  • 1970 in Darmstadt, GER.
    Studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, Bourges, FRA, at the Myndlistaskola, Reykjavik, ISL, at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach, GER, and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt, GER