Brit Bunkley

production by Brit Bunkley
New Zealand, 2014
time: 3' 45''

The Kafkaesque.... An attempt to find common ground between Franz Kafka's waking nightmares, state terrorism and neoclassicism. This video begins with mist moving rapidly over Eastern European hills, segueing towards Berlin and Prague's neoclassical/gothic spires (reinvented as benignly sinister space ships). It then proceeds to three flyover animated 3D scans of three ruins - all important edifices from the Third Reich: 1. The abandoned US NSA towers on top of Teufelsberg, an artificial hill of the WW2 rubble of Berlin heaped on top of a Nazi technical college 2. An Albert Speer structure built to study the feasibility of constructing a massive triumphal arch on the site. 3. The Auschwitz II-Birkenau gate. Had Kafka survived TB and remained in Prague or Berlin until the 1940’s, he would have likely been murdered by the Nazis, as were his 3 sisters. They were sent with their families to the Łódź ghetto. Two died in the ghetto, and the third later died at Auschwitz.


Brit Bunkley’s current art practice includes public art, sculpture, installation, and the creation of “impossible” moving and still images and architecture designed using computer 3D modelling, video and image editing programs, with content emphasising majestic landscapes, human revelry and an oblique sense of apocalyptic anxiety tempered with whimsy and irony. Brit is represented in numerous international collections and has completed a dozen permanent and temporary public art projects. In addition, he has received several grants and fellowships including a Wallace Trust grant in NZ; a New York State Fellowship (CAPS) grant, a New York State Council on the Arts project grant, a USA National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the American Academy Rome Prize Fellowship.


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