Fabian Heitzhausen: Architektur ist Geiselnahme

HMKV Video of the Month

On view 1 – 31 October 2018

"Building rage / A sinking plan as an angular measure of history / architecture is taking hostages" reads the text of Einstürzende Neubauten's song "Architektur ist Geiselnahme" (published on the album Strategies Against Architecture III, 2001). Inspired by Einstürzende Neubauten, Fabian Heitzhausen's video shows classics of architectural modernism, which the artist exposes to the conditions of the digital. He collaged architectural shots from different films - i.a. Solaris (1972) by Andrej Tarkovskij, Farewell to Yesterday (1966) by Alexander Kluge, The Crowd (1928) and The Fountainhead (1949) by King Vidor, The Omega Man (1971) by Boris Sagal, The Lord of the World (1934) ) by Harry Piel, Alphaville (1965) by Jean-Luc Godard and Z - Anatomy of a Political Murder (1969) by Constantin Costa-Gavras. Fabian Heitzhausen is interested in what happens to architectural forms when space is subjected to different rules - that is, what remains of the utopian and social ideas originally associated with architecture when one "cuts away" the film around it. The soundtrack was composed by Christoph Busse. (IA)

Fabian Heitzhausen (*1986) insists on art as a phenomenon of discourse and its entanglement in film history, pop culture and philosophy. Out of this premise he works with a variety of media such as CGI, video, photography and text. All of his works are connected by a fascination for ideological tensions and contradictions visible in today's society.
Fabian Heitzhausen lives and works in Cologne. After finishing his BA in photography at the Folkwang University of the Arts he studied art at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Rita McBride.

In the series HMKV Video of the Month, HMKV presents current video works by international artists for the duration of one month each – selected by Inke Arns.

Fabian Heitzhausen
Architektur ist Geiselnahme

Video, 2013, 3:59 Min.

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