Michael Haneke’s film Funny Games is another good example. Haneke used to live up the street from me and I saw him once, dressed in black, running through the street, clutching a folded umbrella, silver hair flowing.
Not long ago I was invited to give a lecture in Hito Steyerl’s class at the Art Academy in Berlin. I spoke about aggregation, how it’s the process that forms planets including our earth, and Julian Dashper’s stack of Artforums from Wystan Curnow’s house.1 A compression of material necessary when there’s too much world. This phrase struck Hito and she used it as the title of her book published in 2014.2
In the spring I made some videos for Josef Strau. It had been a particularly bleak winter in Manhattan and he had hard-drives full of ice pics and snow vids from his iPhone. We made rhythmical montages set to soundtracks from Native American early contact movies.3 As a European in NY, he said he felt like a colonial explorer. As a New Zealander, I told him, Germanic Europeans still see a Gauguin fantasy that’s not available anymore to the major colonial cultures. He thought that was pretty far out.