17. Jan - 2. Feb 2019
Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM and Rainbow Unicorn present Death Star by David Amberg. The video installation investigates themes of authenticity and locality inside a Star Wars video game and tries to grasp how our understanding of these themes is shaped by contemporary digital technology as well as (art)historical images.
One time as a teenager I was so stoned that I looked up at the night sky and had this „revelation“
that the moon was an actual three-dimensional object up there in the universe and not only –
how it seemed to my eyes – a two dimensional disk on the night sky plane.
I am watching an advertisement for a new Star Wars video game on YouTube. It doesn’t show
any scenes inside the game but only a team of developers hiking through the landscapes where
the original Star Wars movies were filmed. They’re taking 3D-scans of the environment to create
virtual models to make their game look as much as the movies as possible.
There’s two landscapes, the one that they’re standing in and the one that they’re looking for
which only really exists in the motion picture of the Star Wars movie.
In the finale of the first Star Wars Trilogy when Darth Vader is about to die he asks his son take off
his helmet. He tells him: „Just for once let me look on you with my own eyes.“
David Amberg (*1991) is currently studying at the University of Arts Berlin with Prof. Heike-Karin
Föll. His works have been shown in various exhibitions including Museum für Fotografie (Berlin),
Museum Fluxus (Potsdam), Kunstquartier Bethanien (Berlin) and Große Kunstschau
For the opening of David Amberg “Death Star” at Rainbow Unicorn gallery, R&D will do a performative intervention.
Surfing the blurry border between pop and art performance, R&D has fun in mixing together field recordings, sleazy beats, and explicit lyrics.
The duo was formed in 2018 by Emilia Kurylowicz, artist and filmmaker from Poland and Maru Mushtrieva, a writer from Russia.The need to express their ongoing research in a performative way brought them to the idea of a conceptual band.Their style is best defined by lyrics that should be taken with a grain of salt, eclectic sounds, and conceptual props.
They performed in such cult concert places like Schokoladen, Berghain Kantine, ACUD MACHT NEU, HVW8 Gallery along with the more unusual venues.
R&D researches stereotypes and patterns that are found in their immediate environment, both real and virtual and every album will be dedicated to a specific contemporary struggle.
For instance, their SFMS BIBA EP, which stands for Semi-Famous Mexican Socialite (based in Buenos Aires), tells the story of emotional rollercoaster of the mysterious socialite and her entourage: a bluebird of the social activities, an object of desire, sometimes lost in intrigues or the lightness of being, sometimes a tool for someone’s social elevation.