Anri Sala : Anri Sala, Air Cushioned Ride
01 March – 04 March 2007
Anri Sala was born in Albania in 1974 and currently lives in Berlin. In his new work „Air Cushioned Ride“, Sala once again achieves a precisely calculated balance between coincidentally captured, almost documentary snapshot and multilayered, poetic narrative. Sala stages one of his filmic sketches with his own brand of almost laconic simplicity. This time, its anonymous non-location is a truck stop, a nameless parking lot along a highway. The camera films from the window of a car that travels in a large circle around the arriving, parking and exiting trucks. While spectators reconcile this clinical scenario with the canon of collectively remembered images, they gradually realize the second level of the video work. On the car’s radio, two stations, one classical and one country, are superimposed on one another according to the position of the car. A parable about fleetingness, change or a signpost on the way en route develops from memories of previously seen images, one’s own travels or those of others and places unthinkingly left behind. In the process, Sala’s work does not instill a fear of missing these moments. Rather, it sharpens the sense that they can be retrieved at any time or place.
Both musical pieces from „Air Cushioned Ride“ have been transcribed. A country band and classical music ensemble will interpret them live and simultaneously at the exhibition’s opening.