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Institutes

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5032 Bergen

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Here it was quiet, dark and dusty. A decrepit old soldier wearing the uniform of the Preobrazhenksy Regiment and a three-cornered hat was dozing by a low, half-open door, leaning on a long flintlock rifle. This was the Department of Defensive Magic, where for a long time now the staff had not included a single living person. In their day all of our old-timers, with the possible exception of Fyodor Simeonovich, had shown some enthusiasm for this division of magic. Ben Bezalel had made successful use of the Golem in palace coups; the clay monster, indifferent to bribes and impervious to poisons, had guarded the laboratories and with them the imperial treasure house. Giuseppe Balsamo had created the first flying-broom squadron, which had given a good account of itself in the battlefields of the Hundred Years’ War. But the squadron had fallen apart fairly quickly: some of the witches had married and the others had tagged along with the German cavalry regiments as camp followers.

 

RESEARCHERS AND WORKS IN THIS INSTITUTE

 

Dimitri Venkov (in collaboration with Antonina Baever)Like the Sun, 2013. HD video, color, sound, approx. 58 minutes. Coproduced by Triumph Gallery, Moscow. Commissioned by Bergen Assembly 2013.

Pedro Gomez-EganaThe Chariot of Greenwich, 2013. Wood, aluminum, pendulum, rope, DC motor, 170 x 120 x 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by Bergen Assembly 2013.

Roee Rosen, Maxim Komar-Myshkin and The Buried Alive Group: A Manifesto and 6 Videos (2004–2010), 2013. Multichannel videos, color, sound, wall text, dimensions variable. Commissioned by Bergen Assembly 2013

4 a Clemens von WedemeyerAgainst Death (The Fourth Wall), 2009. 35-mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound, 9 minutes, loop. Courtesy of KOW, Berlin, and Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris.

b Clemens von Wedemeyer, How to Deal with the Uncontacted? (The Fourth Wall), 2009. HD video, color, sound, 35 minutes, loop. Courtesy of KOW, Berlin, and Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris.

Stephan DillemuthDepartment of surv31llanc3&3ncr1pt10n, 2013. Installation, dimensions variable. Commissioned by Bergen Assembly 2013.

 
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