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Ricarda Denzer

Ricarda Denzer's audiovisual work deals with language, sound, and translation in the social and cultural fields as well as with the relationship between artist and audience. Denzer employs interviews, sound pieces, videos, photos, and drawings to develop complex transmedia installations. Of essential importance to her works of recent years has been a mobile recording studio (10m² portable. Mobile studio) that she developed for the interview project Šmuggeln (2006/11), as well as the group of notebooks entitled Aufzeichnungen 2006–2012. Denzer’s mobile studio itself forms the setting for the installative work La Croûte de Chou (2007), at the center of which stands a conversation with the Indian union activist Namrata Bali. Bali speaks of sustainable and democratic structures with great intensity, her goal being to strengthen her organization in order to better “organize the unorganized.” The visual level here is dominated by a female prompter, whose whispered text consists of associatively ordered comments by a tax advisor and a coaching team, as well as of fragments from financial and economic news. These elements were brought together by the artist to form an interlaced portrayal of contemporary artists’ present-day occupational reality, working conditions, and generally precarious circumstances. Denzer spent several years ordering her artistic ideas, thoughts, associations, and questions in the notebooks Aufzeichnungen 2006–2012, which thus amount to a visualization of her thought processes. For the artist, these densely written- and drawn-upon notebooks function as “audiovisual memory minutes,” filled parallel to the creation of her works and exhibited together with them as “footnotes of production” (Christa Benzer). A logical consequence of this was the 2012 audio piece Perplexities, which she created together with sound artist Peter Szely; the basis for this transmedia composition is supplied by Denzer’s transcribed notes.

Denzer’s artist book, likewise entitled Perplexities (Berlin, 2013), makes reference to Hannah Arendt, who wrote that, in view of the helplessness and perplexities of our world, the most we can do is to think about them together. This book contains numerous interviews, text collages, and audiovisual protocols pertaining to various projects by Denzer, as well as presentations of recent artistic output.

 

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1967, Kirn / DE

 

 

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