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FRANK BERGER: TRAFFIC ASSISTANTS/THESEUS UND KENTAUR. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, 2015. Published by Spector Books, Leipzig. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 320 pp. 30 x 23 cm. ISBN 9783944669144 Bilingual in English and German.
Publisher's description: Leipzig photographer Frank Berger brings together two projects, Traffic Assistants (Shanghai 2008) and Theseus and Kentaur (Vienna 2007) in this handsome slipcased two-volume set accompanying a museum exhibition. Comprised of extensive series of photographic images taken in a single setting, both projects depict variations of mundane dramas in identical frames. Shot in high-resolution on reversal color slide film and exhibited as projections, the pictures do not capture a "unique moment," but (in exhibition) are presented in an endless loop of similar but layered images, a method that perhaps can be described as a gesture of insistence. Human figures become heroic subjects of contemplation in Theseus and Kentaur, or Chaplin-esque figures in Traffic Assistants, in which police in Shanghai try to control local traffic. Whatever the subject, the insistent look of the photographer transforms each setting into a visual stage, in which the static scenery outlasts the cast of characters..
Artist(s):Berger, Frank
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 165948
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