Defrosting device for apparently meaningless ink stains

New edition with new soundtrack!

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

a video by Maria Korporal

The video above is a short trailer!
The complete video is 3:12 and is shown in festivals or upon request.


Turn a blind eye = Pretend not to notice
‘please, don’t turn a blind eye to what is happening’ (Oxford English Dictionary)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the foundational document of the United Nations. It was approved and proclaimed by its General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948.

The video shows a cylindrical structure containing 32 small panels similar to video screens, which are however digital prints. The entire world map is shown on the outside of the panels, while on the inside the text of the Universal Declaration is printed in mirror-script. To read the text, which is mirrored on the large steel ball inside the cylinder, one has to look through the openings between the panels. A direct confrontation is impossible and the green, matrix-like letters create a fleeting, fragmented impression.

How many Assembly Members in the United Nations turn a blind eye to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? How many of the representatives pretend not to notice the dictatorships among the Member States?

© Maria Korporal, 2018-2019

July 4-21, 2019: Empört Euch! Interdisciplinary exhibition project by Kunstverein 68elf e.V. in Bunker K101, Körnerstrasse 101, 50823 Cologne.
December 2018: World-wide festival Global Videos 2018. Gallery Friedman-Projekte was the participating venue in Berlin, with a screening on December 10, 2018. About the exhibition

Speaking voice in the beginning: Declaration of Human Rights read in english (public domain).
Music: excerpt from “Imperfectus Ellipsis” by Braghsdn & Globoscuro (Ángel Sánchez Cervera and Emiliano Pietrini).
The whole album can be downloaded here.

The object in the video was previously shown under the title Totalitarian United / Totalitär Vereint in the exhibition TOTALITÄR | UPDATE18 in VBK-Gallery Berlin, and will be shown from July 4-21, 2019 in Empört Euch! Interdisciplinary exhibition project by Kunstverein 68elf e.V. in Bunker K101, Körnerstrasse 101, 50823 Cologne.

Between Memory and Destiny

NEW SCREENING on exhibition in Prague in May 2018!
read more about the exhibition

“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