Aleksander Komarov - CV


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From outside the cut had a real formal look. The insides were like a chasm opening up the earth at your feet. Realizing that a house is home, shelter, safety – knowing what a house is – is one thing. Being in that house made you feel like you were entering another state. Schizophrenia, the earth’s fragility, and full of wonder.

- Susan Rothenberg, in a review of Gordon Matta Clark's Bingo House

I accompanied my partner artist photographer Susanne Kriemann, on a research trip to Gotland, we stayed in a lonely house in the woods. The silence and loneliness around made this stay very special. One early morning, it was very misty in the woods, we started driving to see historical sites in Ljugarn. Through the storming snow, shortly before we arrived, I spotted a single house standing next to the road. It looked like it was floating in the air, like it was copied and pasted into the landscape. The house was lifted off the ground and standing on a platform on wheels.

The entrance door was missing and the roof was cut off from the actual house.

The oddness of this hallucinatory event was strengthened by the obvious dismantling process that had been going on: Metal rusty beams transgressed the wooden structure, and similar beams supported the house from underneath. The house seemed to have been moved in two parts – I imagined a big saw cutting it in two parts.

The house was suspended in a transitory state, as if it didn't yet belong neither to the ground, nor the sky. What would happen with this house at the end of its current state?
This was the question I was left with when returning to Berlin and where my idea for a new work stems from.

I imagine some sort of narration developed in a collaboration with a musician or a writer. to set up a documentation of the dismantling and dislocation of one of these summer homes. This in-between phase would be shown during a 24-hour long film. By filming the structure from the outside, it is not possible to take a look at what is going on inside;  to show the intimate space of the house; this also might give me an insight into the psyche of humans wishing to connect with their roots.

In John Cage's “4'33''”, he subtracts the music and thus allows the audience to listen to “silence” - which, as it turns out, is not silence at all but is filled with an incredible variety of sounds and noises. The equivalent of background noise in film would be establishing shots and backgrounds. By removing the story from the film, the “background” becomes the plot.

27. March. 2013 Llano Journal

Original title: Travels with new friend Pup

Suggested title: Canine sidekick on the road with Highland Lakes’ pet-sitter

I had a sidekick all week and what a trooper he turned out to be. My constant companion was a Bichon Frise puppy I looked after for a pet-sitting client, and the youngster proved he had real moxie hanging out with me. I’ve been driving more than 100 miles per day, all within the Highland Lakes, but miles and miles and miles, nonetheless, while looking after a wide range of pets.

27. March. 2013 Llano Journal

Original title: Animals found in Marble Falls’ house

Suggested title: Neighbours unaware of animal cruelty

A Kingsland woman has been charged with animal cruelty after police found 17 anaimals trapped in an empty house she owns in Marble Falls on Thursday. Amanda Marie Ramirez, 34, was arrested Friday and charged with cruelty/torture to livestock animals, a state felony, after Marble Falls Police discovered the animals on her property in the 1600 block of Northwood in Marble Falls. “On Wednesday a Marble Falls Code Enforcement Officer went to 1600 block of Northwood to speak to a resident about an overgrown yard,” Marble Falls Police Captain Glenn Hanson said. “He learned from the neighbours that no one resided in the house, but the owner reportedly returned everyday to feed her animals.”

27. March. 2013 USA TODAY

Original title: Gay Marriage Debate: You be the judge

Suggested title: The Supreme Court looks for an exit ramp on the road to redefining marriage.

The Supreme Court appears to be looking for an exit ramp of the road to redefining marriage. That was the simplest conclusion to be drawn from Tuesday’s historic 80-minute oral argument on state’ authority to ban same-sex marriage. For while the justices often lined up on familiar liberal and conservative sides, a majority appeared headed towards caution and compromise. “You want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cellphones or the Internet?” an incredulous Justice Samuel Alito asked U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli near the end of the session. “We do not have the ability to see the future.” Steeped in history and seeming to grasp for precedent, the justices appeared more focused on the past.