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Textus / Virus

Textus / Virus

Weaving a connective tissue: A fabric that mediates exchange. The word ‚textus‘, borrowed from Latin, is being used in a metaphorical way. In Stitches in the Heart (2019), a multiple exposure 16 mm short film of a minimally invasive cardiac surgery on the mitral valve, I traced the processes of sewing. The operation was performed by means of endoscopic 3D videography. The film introduces a series of works that I aim at making in various surgical fields. I am particularly interested in how new technologies change the handiwork of surgeons and the whole setting in the operating room. The film was realized a few months before the coronavirus confinements. Since then I was not able anymore to do research at the hospital. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions I had to interrupt my planned activities at the clinic.

The operating theater right at our front door: Hygiene measures structure our everyday life and the ways we engage with each other. Social distancing is the new credo. Numbers of infected persons and corona deaths. A politics of anxiety in which the medium is the massage. A perfect time to reflect on what is important in life. I developed an immense desire to work with my hands. Immediately before the crisis I was invited to do a screening at the Visual Arts department at University of California San Diego. I brought my Bolex 16 mm camera with me and shot a short film of a garden in a canyon and primates and flamingos at the zoo in San Diego. All together I did six exposures of 30,5 meters of color film. Lisa’s (2020) is dedicated to my colleague and friend Lisa Cartwright who invited me to introduce a selection of my recently produced shorts to her students.

The virus and its blossoms: I arrived at home on the day before the corona lockdown. Entering an uncanny quiet. I made a first sound walk and captured Vienna’s scapes of silence. Sound is interiority. Early in the morning I would open the bedroom windows, hang out two microphones and record the singing of the birds. There is a wonderful cherry tree in the courtyard of my apartment house that was just beginning to bloom. I took my Bolex camera and would make recordings of the flowering of the tree every day. Cherry Tree (2020) is the result of 24 exposures of color film. Each recording has been documented in my notebook. For this film I treated the emulsion as vulnerable material that needs to be handled with much care.

Stitches in the Heart (2019)

Lisa’s (2020)

Cherry Tree (2020)

Please send me an email: christina.lammer@corporealities.org, and I will forward you the Vimeo password that you need to watch the films.

Christina Lammer

Vital Force

Vital Force

Filmography: 2018- Operating (2018) 16 mm, color, 18 f/s, 4 minutes Performing minimally invasive heart surgery: Operating was created during a painting action with a surgeon. In order to better understand very complex minimally invasive operations on the heart, I invited the Vienna based cardiac surgeon Wilfried Wisser to do a painting workshop together with me.[i] We bought paper,… Continue Reading

Inner Landscapes

Inner Landscapes

Filmography: 2018- Ocean Breath (2019 [digital]) 4k video loop, 15 minutes The installation Ocean Breath includes soundscapes of the ocean, a 4k video loop, and a 16 mm experimental short film. All the recordings were collected in Morocco in September 2019. The idea to do a work on water and breathing was inspired by a Breathcore, a chorus, which opened… Continue Reading

Multiple Exposure

Multiple Exposure

Filmography: 2018- Composing (2018) 16 mm, s/w, 18 f/s, 4 minutes Large scale painting as sound performance: Composing is a filmic documentation of the work of the Montreal (Canada) based composer Symon Henry. In his artistic oeuvre Symon combines painting, composition and improvisation. He turns his attention inwards in order to bring scores on the canvas by means… Continue Reading

Visceral Operations / Assemblage

Visceral Operations / Assemblage

    Actual artistic research project (FWF: 2019-23) – The endeavor will explore the increasing shift of meaning of the hand in surgery caused by the application of digital technologies. The use of technological aids to enhance the physical capabilities of physicians leads to fundamental changes in the clinical practice and medical education. The act… Continue Reading

Productive Work…

Productive Work…

What is it supposed to be –– is the title of an exhibition at the MuseumsQuartier, Q21, frei_raum in Vienna, June 28 until September 2, curated by Anamarija Batista. I am part of the show with two rather personal ‚auto-pathographic‘ works: Bone Work and Preservation. I explore healing as a productive process and the patient,… Continue Reading

Operating Hands…

Operating Hands…

    OBORO, Montreal – I spent a month as artist-in-residence at the artist-run center OBORO, www.oboro.net, in Montreal. In my entire life I never have had so much space. Turned the galleries and the studio into my working space. Shared work. Organized a life drawing session. Collaborated with a cardiac surgeon from Vienna who… Continue Reading

Hands, Nothing but Hands…

  Uncanny hands: Skin and touch. Body language and hand gestures. Transparent bodies are touched by real hands and vice versa. Sutures and scars. Surgery and the act of healing. Exploring material components and interpersonal relationships. Life as Leib.  Bone Work: Exploring the depth of the body and its bony structures. Experiments with medical images… Continue Reading