CARRY ME HOME LITTLE BEAR

MIXED MEDIA INSTALLATION , 2010



 

 

2 VIDEOPROJECTIONS, SOUND, HUNTER’S BOX STAND (WOOD)

 

In German, the idea of forest has not lost its popularity over the time. There has always been some uniquely
German element which comes to mind with the term forest, in particular, the “German Forest”. This is present
in both history and literature from the battle of the Teutoburg Forest to Caspar David Friedrich, Heinrich Heine, 
“Hansel and Gretel” to the term the “German Oak” and Anselm Kiefer. The term forest is charged with the
most diverse political and history shaping opinions. The forest is seen as a local holiday resort during the day
and a place of fear as soon as it gets dark has not changed since time immortal. This colliding ambivalence
moved me to create a three part series called MY INNER WOODS, on the theme of forest. In all three pieces,
various, partly pure subjective aspects emerge.
 
In the first part, THE GOOD AND THE EVIL, I explore the polarity that the very same place where learned,
subjective mental states such as fear can exhibit themselves.
 
Part two, CARRY ME HOME LITTLE BEAR plays with the fear of loss, of insecurity in a situation which can not
be controlled anymore through the use of forest and nature motifs. It is like an unending trip through a dark forest.
 
A standard hunter’s box stand, which is normally located in the forest, serves to take the power from inside the hut,
or pulpit transforming the surroundings. In my piece, CARRY ME HOME LITTLE BEAR, I apply this principle by setting
this installation of the hunter’s box stand by itself, but turn the usual conditions around.
 
Not a human, but rather a human masquerading as a bear observes the visitor from above. From the start, the stage of
the installation becomes exposed and reinforced at the same time. On one side of the pulpit, the forest grows out of
the box stand occupying the outer space. On the third side, the observer is taken on an unstoppable ride through the
dark woods.
In the pulpit that represents a house, the principle follows in which a projection of a bear costume, a dark forest, and
sound that play tricks on human perception. This mixes with the singing of the Regensburg Domspatzen,
“Wenn ich ein Vöglein wäre“ (If I Were a Little Bird) with the howling of wolves, bears, bird chirping and the scared
whimpering of a young wild pig.
 

A hunter’s box stand has four walls, a roof, and is on a platform raised up high. Therefore it can have the legitimacy to
be a secure place – with the elements of a housing facility. However, the appearance of such a seat leaves a bitter taste
due to its ambivalence. One can never know for sure whether he or she is being observed or maybe even be a target.
Once you are inside, you become the observer – you are the one in power of the enclosed surrounding. A lot of what
the forest can represent in human perception is found in the most inner of the actual human protection point, the hut,
which is also an instrument of power.