video installation, 7 channels, each 20 to 88 min, HD colour, stereo,
including the film 'Podium', 50 min, HD colour, stereo, de/en with subtitles
with Melanie Brazzell, Sharon Dodua Otoo, Leonhard Fuest, Evelyn Hayn, Christian Schütze, Vassilis Tsianos
What does the speech of an expert mean, a speech that has great influence? What happens when an expert speaks about others? Is expertise about others possible at all? Who is trusted to be an expert, who is not? And who profits from the idea of expertise? Can expertise get lost? Is the position of the expert necessarily superior, even or although they are criticizing power relations? Is the belief in expertise and the figure of the expert thus rather problematic or helpful?
The invited speakers were Melanie Brazzell, Sharon Dodua Otoo, Leonhard Fuest, Evelyn Hayn, Christian Schütze and Vassilis Tsianos, all of them dealing with power relations and language, as well as discrimination in language – in academia or activist contexts. Facing a setting in which they have to talk about others – not only as a content matter, but also on a superior visual layer – they reflect very differently on their own positions, privileges and linguistic devices. Last but not least, the figure of the expert itself is called into question.
Sharon Dodua Otoo
concept, production, directing, editing
director of photography
Sound and Sound Design
Davi Rodriguez de Lima
Funded by Gerriets, Freundeskreis der HfbK e.V. and with my pocket money