A thousand plateaus
A thousand plateaus draws upon my continued fascination with the mountains in Switzerland, where I created my first film Wanderweg (2013) and book Unterwegs, or the thoughts of the lonesome traveller (2017). I discovered that I was an artist in the mountains –– a time of both struggle and euphoria.
Just as Caspar David Friedrich did in his romantic paintings, the mountains in my images are a metaphor for the sublime and an unattainable sense of self. I played the role of the traveller, a hero in my own narrative, wearing a hat and backpack, wandering through landscapes alone trying to find where I belong in the world.
“The actor plays a role which plays other roles; we think often how repetition is woven from one distinctive point to another, including the differences within itself [...] Indeed, repetition always appears twice, once in the tragic destiny and once in the comic aspect. In the theatre, the hero repeats precisely because he is separated from an essential, infinite knowledge. This knowledge is in him, it is immersed in him and acts in him, but acts like something hidden, like a blocked representation ”
Gilles Deleuze, Difference and Repetition, 1968
These images were crafted while attending art school with the use of projections in the studio; by moving the walls at different angles, the images were interrupted and distorted. They are displayed in 1-inch plexi shells.