Related to her ongoing research on Counterfactuals in Media Arts, Elke Reinhuber explores how a narrative can be presented in a multi-linear manner, by fragmenting and dissecting it for the audience. The spectator is invited to become the protagonist of the film short and to question the different outcomes of the decisive situation. The plot is based on the popular mythological tale of Orpheus and Eurydice in regard of their key moments, questioning what if the story would have had a different outcome? According to the tale, as Orpheus has been the first human being who visited the underworld and returned alive to the here and now, particular attention is drawn to the display of life-supporting imaging technologies, which merely provide a concept of the physical conditions, but never on a mental or psychological level. Therefore the S3D video presentation consists of several layers, including spatial audio and augmented reality, each of them revealing a different aspect on the situation. At the same time, the display modes force the spectators to turn their heads around and by doing so, being in the same situation as the protagonist of the ancient Greek myth.
Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, School of Art, Design and Media
Elke Reinhuber received professional training as an industrial photographer and studied at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK), as well as in London (Chelsea College), Bologna (Accademia di Belle Arti) and Sydney (SCA) before she started teaching at the Braunschweig University of the Arts (HBK) and establishing the department for Media Design at the German University in Cairo (GUC).Her artwork was presented in several international institutions, most recently at ZKM Karlsruhe, Fotomuseum Winterthur and the Grid Photofestival Amsterdam and can be seen online on ‘An Inquiry into Modes of Existence’, commissioned by Bruno atour in 2014.