The fourth video in a new series of silent shorts, Unter der Nachweisgrenze (Undetectable) is a silent meditation that brings together the cultural history of HIV/AIDS, the shifting landscape of safe(r) sex, and the intersection of fantasy and historical record. Combining both found and original images with text messages, chats from cruising apps, and street photography, the piece examines the space where personal history and collective memorialization meet. After a kinky online exchange takes place, two men meet on the night of November 9th—the anniversary of both Kristallnacht & the fall of the Berlin Wall—to find themselves engulfed by their private desires, the histories that frame them, and how a haunted past continues to illuminate the present.
Funding for this project was generously provided by The Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation.
The American sitcom of the ‘80s is emblematic not only of the pop cultural styles it embodies (shoulder pads, salad bowl haircuts, and oversized blazers), but also functions as an image archive that obliquely references major political events including Reaganism, the precursors of globalization, and the AIDS epidemic. Hovering beneath the dialogue between Mrs. Garrett, the Cosby and Seaver families, and Cheers regulars lies the narrative of an unnamed crisis. The work unpacks the space where personal experience and memory intersects with the “time” of disease in LGBT communities.
The residue of a bad break up. Rainy days and Mondays. The Carpenters light the way...