Defrosting device for apparently meaningless ink stains

The video has been created on a piece of „musique concrete“ which deals with the theme of incommunicability. Composer Emiliano Pietrini (Globoscuro) constructed his music on a series of „nonsense“ dialogues embraced by a carpet of sounds created with a toy piano, vocals, analog synthesizer, theremin, piano, field recordings, self-made metal percussions and old talking toys with dead batteries. Following this sound trail, video artist Maria Korporal created a visual walk in the main railway station of Berlin – a walk along a platform where all lines loose themselves in the center. Out of this vanishing point a crystal is born, in which walking and talking people are captured. The crystal turns around and splits up into more fragments, then melts into slow moving ink-like stains where all communication seems to flow together. At the end of the platform, the liquid forms become a crystal again, opening itself for a journey to continue in new times and new spaces.

The music has been written for the compilation „Italian experimental underground 015 survey vol. II“ promoted by Unexplained Sounds (Raffaele Pezzella) and available at the following link:

title: Defrosting device for apparently meaningless ink stains
technique: Experimental video and animation
length: 5’41“
year: 2015-2016
music: Abstract noise-scape for toy piano, vocals, analog synthesizer, field recordings, self-made metal percussions, theremin, piano and old talking toys with dead batteries, written and composed by Globoscuro (Emiliano Pietrini)
voices: Ilaria Fierro, Emiliano Pietrini and random field-recorded voices
video concept, camera, animazione, effetti e montaggio: Maria Korporal


Turning a Blind Eye

ein Video von Maria Korporal

Das Video oben ist ein kurzer Trailer!
Das komplette Video ist 3:12 lang und wird auf Festivals oder auf Anfrage gezeigt.

Turn a blind eye = Pretend not to notice (So tun, als ob man es nicht merkt – eine Auge zudrücken)
‘please, don’t turn a blind eye to what is happening’ (Oxford English Dictionary)

Die Allgemeine Erklärung der Menschenrechte ist das Grunddokument der Vereinten Nationen. Sie wurde am 10. Dezember 1948 von ihrer Generalversammlung in Paris genehmigt und verkündet.

Das Video zeigt eine zylindrische Struktur mit 32 kleinen Bildschirmen, die jedoch digitalen Bildschirmen entsprechen. Die gesamte Weltkarte wird auf der Außenseite der Panels angezeigt, während der Text der Allgemeinen Erklärung innen in Spiegelschrift gedruckt worden ist. Um den Text zu lesen, der sich auf der großen Stahlkugel im Zylinder widerspiegelt, muss man durch die Öffnungen zwischen den Platten schauen. Eine direkte Konfrontation ist unmöglich und die grünen, matrixartigen Buchstaben erzeugen einen flüchtigen, fragmentierten Eindruck.

Wie viele Mitglieder in den Vereinten Nationen drücken eine Auge zu bei der Allgemeine Erklärung der Menschenrechte? Wie viele Vertreter geben vor, die Diktaturen zwischen den Mitgliedstaaten nicht zu bemerken?

© Maria Korporal, 2018-2019

4.-21. Juli 2019: Empört Euch! Interdisziplinäres Ausstellungsprojekt von Kunstverein 68elf e.V. im Bunker K101, Körnerstrasse 101, 50823 Köln.
Dezember 2018: Festival Global Videos 2018 weltweit. In Berlin war die Galerie Friedman-Projekte der teilnehmende Ort, mit einem Screening am 10. Dezember 2018. Alles über die Ausstellung

Sprechende Stimme am Anfang: Erklärung der Menschenrechte in Englisch (public domain).
Musik: Ausschnitt aus „Imperfectus Ellipsis“ von Braghsdn & Globoscuro (Ángel Sánchez Cervera und Emiliano Pietrini).
Das gesamte Album kann hier heruntergeladen werden.

Das Objekt im Video wurde unter dem Titel Totalitarian United / Totalitär Vereint in der Ausstellung TOTALITÄR | UPDATE18 in der VBK-Galerie Berlin in 2018 gezeigt, und wird von 4. bis 21. Juli 2019 in Empört Euch! Interdisziplinäres Ausstellungsprojekt von Kunstverein 68elf e.V. im Bunker K101, Körnerstrasse 101, 50823 Köln, gezeigt werden.

Between Memory and Destiny

NEUE SCREENING in einer Ausstellung in Prag in Mai 2018!
alles über die Ausstellung

“Your eyes saw my golem;
all the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.”
(Psalm 139 :16)

The Jewish legend of the Golem, a clay puppet that can be animated with cabbalistic powers, has been for a long time a starting point for many creative persons, from writers to film-makers, from philosophers to scientists. Many have turned it into a symbol of technology; others consider the Golem representative of modern thought in absolute, able to suit itself in different times and circumstances.
In 2001 Maria Korporal made the installation “The Eye of the Golem”, in which she defined the Golem as a symbol of modern imaginary. Now, thirteen years later, she takes up the theme again in her new video “Between Memory and Destiny”.
With the Golem, humankind tries to create a clone of itself and fill it with memory – our collective memory, which increases every instant and pretends to contain the whole human history. In the last decades digital memory has become overwhelming. Will this constant flux of in- and outgoing data influence our destiny? Can we manipulate the future with our memories? Humankind has the power to switch on and off its clones, like the Golem, cancelling the E on his body, which changes EMET, “truth”, into MET, “death” – or viceversa. When the machine is switched off, the flux of data stops, as happens in the video. And the dog in the last scene, playing with what remains of the monitor, reminds us of our real destiny: “Dust you are, and to dust you will return”.

title: Between Memory and Destiny
technique: Experimental video and animation
length: 4’29“
year: 2014
music: excerpt from “The Last Call” by Globoscuro (Emiliano Pietrini and Fabrizio Barsanti)
texts: excerpts from “The World History Project” – Wikibooks
starring: dogs and people of Berlin-Neukölln, Astrid Astra Indricane, Maria (Felix) Korporal
concept, camera, animation, effects and montage: Maria Korporal

Felix in Hortus Conclusus

„Felix in Hortus Conclusus“: a bicycle trip to the live concert of Hortus Conclusus Records, in Friedenskirche Charlottenburg, Berlin, April 10, 2016

The soundtrack of this video is an excerpt from the track „Encephalogramophones“, written and composed on stage by Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt, Ángel Sánchez Cervera and Emiliano Pietrini , with the metaphysical vocal contribution by Aphra Tesla, during the live concert of Hortus Conclusus Records (Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt, Braghsdn and Globoscuro) on April 10, 2016 in “Die Baptisten In Berlin – Friedenskirche Charlottenburg”.
Link to download:
Hortus Conclusus Records © 2016

Video shooting, effects and montage by
Maria (Felix) Korporal © 2016

This video has been published previously in Dotswaves TV EP 1.3, May 2016