Meditationen Video / 2015
HD, 6:36 min, 16:9, color, sound
"Tell to yourself in the morning hour: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungreatful, arrogant. dishonest, jealous, and surly..."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
A narrator is reciting sections of the antique and philosophical writings “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius. With a trembling voice he appeals for a fearless surrender before fate and death. The video focuses on a close-up of the mouth area of the person. Here he remains completely defenseless and exposed to the viewers. Nevertheless, this presents a deception of the close-up itself: the viewer remains close to the speaking person, without really seeing him. One can only guess the narrator's social background. The work is a confrontation on the smallest scale – in a close-up - between the aestheticism of the human thought and its physical imperfection.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) was a philosopher and Roman Emperor. Aurelius was the last representative of Stoicism - an antique powerful philosophical teaching, which conveyed that destructive emotions resulted from errors in judgment, and that a person of "moral and intellectual perfection" would not suffer negative emotions. It also teaches how to find and preserve equanimity by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.
Thanks to Anton Werner.