Oriental Gravity

Pia Greschner
May 14 – June 12, 1999

Magic Forest, 1999 

DVD, DVD player, video projector
Circular carpet, diam. 2 m
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Photo © Carsten Eisfeld

Original exhibition invitation (recto) 

Oriental Gravity

Pia Greschner
May 14 – June 12, 1999

Pia Greschner was a student at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg and at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London. In 1999 Pia Greschner received the Lichtwark scholarship. After group exhibitions in Cologne, New York, Vienna, Stockholm, Marseille and Osaka, Oriental Gravity is Greschner's first solo exhibition. 


In this show her works are condensed to "spatial installations with moving pictures". 


The exhibition consists of three video works:


Magic Forest, the video projection, is a view into a forest which by intervention of digital colour filters transforms from reality to fiction.


Paradise Island shows a constructed moment in front of  the palm house in London's Kew Gardens. 


Oriental Gravity is a video, which consists of several sequences. The energy of the whole is revealed through the synthesis of its parts.


Pia Greschner mostly avoids narrative connections in her works. She reduces what is depicted into a moment, into a singular situation that in every connotation is especially selected. 


With this momentous situation Greschner achieves a video-technical landscape painting by means of time regulation and colour modulation. What is shown often assumes the character of a journey, in which it is unclear and unconscious who and what is moving. 


The people depicted do not seem to be acting in the original sense of the word, but resemble metaphysically dictated figures from an immaterial world. In many of her works, normal situations and day-to-day scenes will be stretched and manipulated in post production. The subjectivity of time, that finds its expression in this manipulation, transforms a normal situation into an event without real action. 


The estrangement of the ordinary is planned, and an unreal dimension is set free. Intimacy and normality become transcendental and what is reality cannot be unambiguously identified.