Trinity Twins

It is a great honor to have participated in the preparation of the work Trinity Twins by my former media art professor Michael Saup. For this work, he filmed footage in places that relate to atomic energy: Karlsruhe, Chernobyl, Geneva, Fukushima, Vienna, Paranal and Hechingen. He also worked with scenes from his short film Before Sunrise with the Slovenian group Laibach, which depicts the atmosphere just before the flash of the first atomic bomb test in 1945.

In its core, the work Trinity Twins consists of digital film footage that is decaying, triggered by real radioactive radiation, a “kinematic isotope” as Michael Saup named it. To achieve this, he installed a Geiger-Müller counter in the center of the Kinemathek foyer. The digital film that is projected onto the large wall at the head of the foyer consists of a sequence of videos and statements on atomic radiation that he took during the years.

On every radioactive tick of the Geiger counter, the projection displays a flash and a piece of the currently playing film sequence is removed. Alternatively, the playback jumps to another film sequence. The removal of film footage is permanent. So every film sequence starts to shrink and judder. Should a sequence become so short that it vanishes, it is restored to its full initial length.

So when you enter the foyer, you will always encounter the film in different stages of decay. “Trinity Twins” can be experienced every evening and night at least until the end of May on the PhonoLuxMachine at the Kinemathek Karlsruhe.

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Marc Teuscher, Holger Förterer and Michael Saup at the Geiger counter of "Trinity Twins" March 2022, Photo © Paul Needham
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