Die reine Notwendigkeit

2016, single channel projection, 2D animation, stereo sound, 60 min

"Die reine Notwendigkeit" is reduced to the absolute necessary minimum required to draw an image: the black line drawing on a white background is also surprisingly serving as a clock.  This precisely 60-minute-long work remains silent until the discreet emergence of a solitary girl character singing 'my own home' at the conclusion of each full hour, repeating 24 times a day, throughout the years. Her hourly appearance functions as an almost indexical reminder of the relentless passage of time, applied to both the unremarkable existences of humans and animals alike.

Created prior to the color version The pure necessity, Die reine Notwendigkeit was commissioned by the Städel Museum Frankfurt, where it is part of its collection.

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