The video projection consists of different camera angles, showing deserted views of the via Emilia. The landscape appears as suburban sprawl with declining agricultural use and is dominated by the noise and physical intensity of passing cars and trucks. Beside the ceaseless traffic a passerby enters the frame. He walks along the side of the road into the depth of the image and suddenly disappears from view. The sole individual on the road evokes disparate figures and (anti-)heroes of motion picture history. The person’s unexpected deviation from the given path leads to its vanishing. In combination with the discrete execution of movements, the sudden transitions and absurd extensions of space, the slapstick humor of early silent films comes into play.
Sebastian Stumpf’s new video projection is presented in the context of selected previous works “Sukima” (2009), “Highwalk” (2010), “Bridges” (2011) and “Puddles” (2013). These photographs and videos were recorded in the urban space of different European and Asian metropolises.
Sebastian Stumpf’s project is part of the group exhibition 2016. Nuove esplorazioni, curated by Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini.