Deklinationen, or: Can I inherit my dead parents' debts?,
short film, 28 min, HD colour, stereo, de/en with subtitles
The copy of a copy of a copy without original: more than a hundred professors are hanging on the wall. They all look alike. And they all look at me. And it is not clear if they know that I am looking back.
The tradition to depict professors in oil or marble exists in various German-speaking universities. The so-called professor galleries – partly stemming from the 17th century, partly still in process – function as a university’s self-portrait, then and today. What remains invisible at first, though, are the exclusions. Apart from the obvious exclusions based on race, class and gender, there are also subtle details: Not all of the professors could afford the required painting. If the payment was too low, certain parts (for example the hands) were simply left out.
idea, directing, editing, camera, voice-over
GegenKulturreferat ÖH der Akademie der bildenden Künste
Projektförderung der Akademie der bildenden Künste