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As if we were alone! - new spaces in public

project information


Empfangshalle (Michael Gruber, Corbinian Böhm)


artcircolo mit Vodafone Group R&D Germany


Serafine Lindemann


Filmfest München, ars electronica in Linz, Mobile Journey/52. Biennale von Venedig


Thomas Adebahr


camera: Stephan Horst

edition: vis:a:vis Filmproduktion

cut: Lisa Hamele, Ron Wilson, Markus Wollschläger

music: The Starseeds/Regina McGowan, produced by Major Key Productions, Markus Moser, NY

service: Anita Edenhofer, Matthias Numberger

support Berlin: Friderike Steinbeck; Hong Kong: Antkie Lau, Julianne Lau; China: George Jie Wu; Barcelona: Jose Salado

Dealing creatively with new communications technologies and their impact on our life, our culture and our behaviour in everyday situations has been the basis on which the artist duo "Empfangshalle" developed their vision of a trans-societal project in the form of film and installation. Corbinian Böhm and Michael Gruber view their art as a form of communication and a process of interacting with the public. In this spirit, "Empfangshalle" has performed research in international metropolises such as Barcelona, Hongkong, Guangzhou and Berlin, analysing mobile telephone users' behaviour and visualising, through dedicated staging and sculptural interventions, new spaces and gestures which develop when using mobile telephones. There are many examples for how we create "mobile privacy" in which to communicate at our leisure: the user who stares at the ground, making his rounds in apparent pursuit of an invisible line, obvious to his surroundings, or someone on a bus, passionately discussing his relationship while cupping his hand to shield himself, or the "business stalker" fleeing from a spot of no reception. Starting from the realisation that "Whoever uses a mobile phone will distance himself from his surroundings through real or virtual spaces", the artists, in their future-oriented short-feature film, formulate tentative "mobile telephony spaces" being offered as part of a world wide telephony service. The result is "documentary fiction", which takes the audience onto a journey to a borderline area between certainty and illusion, into a space where fact and fiction mix.