Deceleration of Time

For The Avant/Garde Diaries actress and artist Susanna Kraus introduces us to imago 1:1, the the world’s largest walk-in camera. Her father developed this camera in the 1970s as a high-speed photography researcher at Daimler-Benz. The imago creates one-off, life-size self portraits, thus forcing the user to examine their own persona. The instant camera works with a selftimer and needs ten minutes to develop a full-size portrait. The box, containing the camera is somewhat of a mirror for your soul, giving the possibility to come face to face with yourself. The result is an ‘imprint of your soul’ as ‘thinker on duty’ Bazon Brock defines it. Brock is a professor of aesthetics, cultural mediation, and art theory. He opened the Denkerei, or ‘Thinkery’ in Berlin, a place where one can walk in and ask a question. He wants us to learn how to handle the principal unsolvability of certain problems. For Kraus he is giving a precise definition of ‘avant-garde’ and is taking us with him on a journey of questions.

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