Die reine Notwendigkeit

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

"Die reine Notwendigkeit" reduced to the absolute necessary minimum to draw an image: the black line drawing on a white background is also, rather unexpectedly, a clock. The work is exactly 60 minutes long, has no sound until the discrete appearance of the lonely-girl character singing ‘my own home’ at the end of every full hour, 24 hours per day, year in year out.
The hour is an almost indexical reminder that time is passing, here applied to the uneventful lives of humans and animals alike.

The uncolored "Die reine Notwendigkeit" was made before the coloured “The pure necessity", and was commissioned by the Städel Museum Frankfurt, where it is part of its collection.

further reading


all installation views: Städel Museum

Die reine Notwendigkeit (trailer) from Claerbout Studio on Vimeo.


David Claerbout ©2018