ARTIST

Lauber Franziska

Switzerland

Franziska Lauber works with video and room-installations. In her work, she questions the relationship and power structures from humans towards non-human animals in different fields. Her leading questions are: How are particular ideas of nature and culture projected onto interspecies relationships? How do humans experience empathy towards animals? Franziska has studied Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Berne and got her Master of Arts in Public Spheres at ECAV Sierre in Switzerland. Since 2004, she has participated in group exhibitions and experimental film festivals. Also, in 2004, she did a solo exhibition entitled art-room at Kunstkeller Bern in Switzerland. Moreover, Franziska has done video productions and received grants and prices. She currently lives and works near Berne in Switzerland.

The truth about

201100:03:44Video Art
A fishhead on the ground of a port seems to be by the movements of the water alive. The apparent aliveness becomes still more deceitful by the limited view. A voice in the background whispers again and again "I love you". We would like to believe what we see and hear, become however deceived.

A little Gesture

201700:05:08Video Art
In this work, Franziska Lauber examines, as an experiment, two possible spaces in which humans and non-human animals move. Here are the leading questions: Can we connect with other species through the digital world? Do we have to be physically in the same space to connect? A found footage video in which a Great Tit flies on the hand of a girl, to take the offered seeds, inspired her to think about interspecies relations through the merging of physical and digital material. Here, both were in the same physical and digital space. Franziska Lauber disconnected human and bird in layers of different digital physicalities. Set up as a loop, the Great Tit now, just seems to fly on her hand, which is, in this new setting, in front of the screen. The sunflower’s seeds fall, with a loud sound, over the ground. The illusion of a common encounter in the same physical and digital space arises only at the moment when the bird seems to land on her finger. A single dialogue of her, flows slowly as a text through the picture. These are words and sentences that humans use often for projections and dominations towards non-human beings.



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