Work: Continuity video digital film（Loop） 39’22” 2012 (A production of the Filmgalerie 451 Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13)
and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary with support by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, ZDF/3sat and OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich
Courtesy: gb agency, Paris / Arratia Beer, Berlin)
Omer FAST (Germany/USA)
Born in 1972, Jerusalem.Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2015 Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
2010 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
2007 Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2011 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2008 Whitney Biennale, New York, USA
2002 Whitney Biennale, New York, USA
Torsten and Katja, married and middle—aged, prepare a festive reception in their home. They drive to the train station and pick up Daniel, a lanky young man in a Bundeswehr uniform who appears to have just returned from a mission in Afghanistan. Their meeting is awkward: The parents are emotional while the son is increasingly distant and passive, uncertain and strange. At home, he doesn't return their affection, which makes them distraught and agitated with one another. Katja makes a last attempt to reach out to her son, caressing him tenderly after he's gone to bed, but he pretends to be asleep and she gives up. Later outside, we watch Torsten take out the trash in heavy bags.
The following day, Torsten and Katja are in their car again on the road to the train station. The mood between them is tense. They hardly speak. Another young man in a Bundeswehr uniform waits for them at the same spot. He looks similar to his predecessor but is a little older, perhaps a bit more confident. The couple step out of their car and gaze for a long time at the young man, growing emotional until they embrace. The meeting is more cathartic for the parents. This young man is more expensive perhaps – but he's also more responsive, more accommodating, very eager to please. The money is well worth it. At home, the second Daniel is a smashing success. He tells funny stories and helps with the dishes. He's also comfortable with his body and affectionate to both parents. Borders are crossed: The parents compete for the son's attention. The scene turns erotic. Unfortunately this causes more friction and jealousy between the couple. By nightfall it's obvious they'll have to find someone else. Torsten takes out the trash.
The following day, Torsten and Katja are in their car again on the road to the train station. A third Daniel is waiting for them. Their meeting is emotional, but more subdued, natural. It feels totally right. Perhaps this is the one?
Continuity begins as a conventional story of homecoming and grows strange with each rendezvous. It remains unclear whether the couple has suffered an actual loss or if their ersatz son is just a weekend hobby, a way of staying together. A total of three different Daniels spend the night at the house. Each tries to fulfill the couple's expectation. Each disappears inexplicably until we see them all in a ditch at the end – neither dead nor alive, neither in Germany nor in Afghanistan.