The film "Alpi" (2011) by Armin Linke (born 1966 in Milan) presents the Alps as a globalized zone of complex social, economic, and political conditions in precisely framed images and cuts. The levels of image and sound are very carefully calibrated – the images follow the sound, which is one reason why they seem so hard. The film is made without using a wide-angle lens, and the camera remains static. In this film of the Alps we again and again see other people who reproduce or represent landscape, or reconstruct it in models. The cliché of the horizon and the panorama is defamiliarized by these depictions. The exhibition also includes landscape photographs from Armin Linke’s own archive, showing scenes in Egypt, China, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Spain, and elsewhere. These are photos of global political spaces and uses of space, which appropriate art-historical typologies and at the same time reveal their own technical medium of production. Depending on the camera format used, the paper remains visible as the support and the frame of the image.
(on the left) Alpi, 2011; Video, 16mm, transfered to Blue-Ray/DCP; Camera: Armin Linke, Sound: Renato Rinaldi, Editing: Giuseppe Ielasi
(top right) Cinema Screen, Guiyu China 2005, Color photo, alu-dibond
(on the bottom right) Ghazi Barotha, hydroelectric scheme, workers praying, Hattian Pakistan 1999; color photo, alu-dibond
Photos: Armin Linke, © Armin Linke