In his 2008 film "Die Probe (The Test)" Clemens von Wedemeyer (born 1974 in Göttingen) quite explicitly addresses the question of an individual’s freedom of action, and his decisions and rhetoric in political and social systems. The film shows the backstage area of an election campaign event and the main protagonist with his assistants, as he once again rehearses his speech. A "false" text hints at his departure from the rituals of political representation. The protagonist goes on stage; we hear the applause. But it remains unclear whether he is being applauded for leaving politics or if he has returned to the ratio of political campaigning. The film is a loop, as a latent rejection of a false political system. The recording medium of film relies on being able to overcome the irreversibility of time. Clemens von Wedemeyer uses this potential again and again in order to question our access to and the outcomes of (his)stories.
Die Probe (The Test), 2008, Video, HD, 16:9, Stereo, 12 min, Loop
© (Clemens von Wedemeyer) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013
Courtesy: Clemens von Wedemeyer; KOW, Berlin; Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris
Works of art: © (Clemens von Wedemeyer) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016