Rainer Ganahl (born 1961) is an Austrian artist living and working in New York. His work has been shown internationally including the Venice Biennial (1999, 2007, 2009) the Shanghai Biennial (2008) and the Athens Biennial (2013). His latest installation “El Mundo” was recently listed as one of the top exhibitions of 2014 by the New York Times.
The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, has just acquired “El Mundo” for its permanent collection.
The video we are proposing today, was shot in 2003. Although it is 12 years old, the video is very up-to-date and it addresses challenges and fears we are experiencing today, especially those connected to terrorism, fanaticism, and security. As stated in the artist’s website, this video represents a continuation of his language-based video works “Basic Feelings” and “Basic Conflicts.” “The principle is always the same: a given sentence is uttered by me in all of the 11 languages I have been learning so far. In a situation comparable with that of a language lab, I repeat the same sentence in all these different languages touching on humor, absurdity and paranoia.”
Thank you Rainer for authorizing the publication of this video on www.radicate.eu
“I am not a terrorist” (1), “I am not a religious fanatic” (2), “I don’t give money to terrorist networks” (3), “I don’t know how to build bombs” (4) ,”I am not downloading dangerous information from the Internet” (5)