christoph tannert - ulrich polster, recent works (2012) /text

ulrich polster / recent works (2012) /by christoph tannert Ulrich Polster is not an artist whose works aim to please. His video projections would hardly pass as decorative tapestries of sound, but demand rather to be penetrated by the viewer, which may well add up to a laborious work process. As is true of his latest pieces, two of which he will be showing at the gallery: the 3-channel video projection “Shaoxing Lu”, and the 1-channel video projection “Auslöschung” [= Extinction].

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radjo monk - schmale pfade /text

This text has not been translated yet schmale pfade - anmerkungen zur arbeit von ulrich polster /by radjo monk Nähe und Distanz, Meditation und Analyse – das sind zwei Gegensatzpaare, die mir spontan einfallen, wenn ich darüber nachdenke, was mich an Ulrich Polsters künstlerischer Arbeit fasziniert. Erzählstränge werden gebrochen und markieren philosophisches Terrain. Tempi werden überraschend gewechselt und assoziieren kompositorische Strategien. Und die dem dokumentarischen Element stets verbundene Ebene bewegter Bilder wird angehalten zugunsten eines poetischen Schwebezustandes.

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meinhard michael - glücklich die pferde auf ihrer koppel /text

This text has not been translated yet Glücklich die Pferde auf ihrer Koppel Der Videokünstler Ulrich Polster kombiniert sparsame Bilder zum großen Panorama: Das Leben Nichts besonderes eigentlich, antwortet Ulrich Polster lapidar auf die Frage, was er vor dem Kunststudium in Leipzig gemacht habe. “So die klassische DDR-Karriere: Einen Beruf gelernt, Nachrichtentechniker; kurz in dem Beruf gearbeitet, aufgehört, verschiedene Jobs gemacht, Bratwürste zur Messe verkauft, im Museum Ausstellungen auf und ab gebaut und als Aufsicht gearbeitet, Straße gekehrt.

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stéphanie katz - a point of view here, from elsewhere /text

a point of view here, from elsewhere /by stéphanie katz A text about the work of Ulrich Polster Everything occurs as if Ulrich Polster had the means to transversally apprehend different image arrangements1: something similar to an imperceptible step to the side that allows him to talk to us about images of here, from a standpoint somewhere else. Born in 1963 in Frankenberg, in the G.D.R., he belongs to that generation of artists from Eastern Germany who had to deal with the economic, cultural and aesthetic downfall provoked by the fall of the Soviet Empire and the opening of this other Europe to the West.

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claus löser - heimweh nach limbo /text

homesick for limbo – observations on ulrich polster’s videos and installations /by claus löser All of the milestone in cinema history have derived their energy from a basic contradiction. Amid public proclamations of the greatest possible intimacy, they realize what in effect are impossibilities. By practicing exhibitionism they simultaneously create protective spheres for what is private and personal. Authentic films always act for this reason as accumulators of what are actually incompatible spheres.

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alexander koch - breaking the clash /text

breaking the clash /by alexander koch Ulrich Polster’s medium of choice is large-scale video installation1. His subject matter is the dissolution of spaces of social interaction and of constructions of identities and political meanings. His methodology is one of choreographed editing — a fragmentation of bodies and their capacity to act, a strictly rhythmical dissection not only of real spaces, but also visual or sonic architectures, an — at times imperceptible — interweaving of diverging time axes and horizons of remembrance.

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