The ongoing project Given Time (2016-) consists of various media, woven baskets, photographs, video and performance. It draws from a series of sources – Marcel Mauss' essay The Gift (1925), the tradition of flower arrangements for inaugurations in China, Karl Blossfelt's photography of plants from the early 20th century and woven hand fans collected from all over China. Given Time creates an intimate and sophisticated interwoven space in which the connections between guest, host, donor and artist are examined and superimposed onto a new set of works in multiple media.
Ornaments of Property (2013-15) consists of collected DVD/CD computer drives for use as brick stones to build mural fragments reminiscent of the archaeological artifacts one might encounter in a museum or excavation site. Devices for archiving data, already outmoded memory machines, are made over as the units of articulation in a project that addresses the new visibility of historical remainders. Emptied containers, writing devices without a means of operation, address the decay of technology in the context of the modern ruin and the deliquescence of information in the era of hyperbolic speed.
In REFRAMING THE ARTIST (2010) painters from Dafen Oil Painting Village, Shenzhen, known as the world's largest producer of hand-painted copies, take over the role of amateur actors by re-enacting artist stereotypes from various European and American fictional artist movies and biopics. Reframing the Artist questions distinct mimetic reationships on the background of the encounter between international conceptual artist and Chinese painter, mass reproduction of oil paintings and the Western canon of art.
Doppelgänger Video Archive consists of all my collected movies over the years, which were relevant to the research about the doppelgänger.
The 60 min video The Swimmer (2004) is an adaptation of the movie with the same title (1968) by Frank Perry starring Burt Lancaster. Set in a new context of tourism Sascha Pohle takes over Lancaster's swimming performance by crossing a series of successive pools. A Thomas Cook travel brochure serves as a script and method of formulating a precise visual route. According to the order of the catalogue Pohle swims one lap, pool by pool, page by page. The video is shot on Tenerife and concludes with the 52nd pool, open- ended, pointing to an infinitive number of places, or nowhere.
In the photo series Attachments (2015) various cloth hangers out of my private collection are combined with a selection of images from the classic book ‘Le Musée Imaginaire de la Sculpture Mondiale’ (1952) by André Malraux.
The slide installation Crippled Symmetry (2013) is an attempt to approach an archive by reducing it to an abstract form. Archive boxes for 16 mm films discovered on the attic of the Goethe Institute in Amsterdam serve as the material to renegogiate memory and cultural repository.
Noire et Blanche (2011) is an adaptation of Man Ray's photo series with the same title. It deals with the notion of exoticism, otherness and with the human face as a commodity fetish. Noire et Blanche experiments with the definition on otherness that originates from a series about binary opposition. It opposes notions of the primitive and the modern, male and female, Western and non-Western, black and white in an unusual and new setting of gazes. The work was produced in South Korea and raises questions in regard of global exchange and the adoption of Western attributes in mass media and the beauty industry.
If I were you - Las Vegas New York Blackpool (2007) is a video film about the movie 'Taxi Driver' (1976) and three Robert de Niro impersonators who live in three different cities that uncannily relate to each other: Blackpool is a look-alike of Las Vegas, Las Vegas has a casino of a replicated Manhatten skyline and New York has the original film locations of 'Taxi Driver'. The video is a loop; it ends with Blackpool and starts again with Las Vegas. The film remains in a circle of an endless repetition of the copy.
Safety Hour (2003) is a series of three short films edited to loops that depict big overcrowded public pools in Tokyo, which become safety checked and empied every hour. When the pool is completely empty of people, the pool's shape and blue color stand out.
The supposedly safe pool, as an alternative to the nearby open sea with all its dangerous weather outbreaks, animals and currents, is addressed in regard to its insecurity. The human crowd, driven by the yearning for fun and recreation requires intricate safety concepts. Humans turn out to be their own danger.
Achille Lauro (2003), through its title, takes up the aspects of safety, collective and individual fear
amongst the longing for pleasure and holiday. Achille Lauro a 1985 hijacked luxury cruiser is regarded
as one of the first planned attack on tourists.
The offset prints are photo montages of beach images set against an ocean background. All images are
taken out of travel broschures. The isolated beach architectures look like floating ships or aircraft carrierson the high seas.
In Statues Also Die (2012) a 16 mm film, empty cardboard packages of electronic devices are filmed in front of a black background. The film reverses the shift in meaning by presenting the industrial garbage of today’s commodity fetishes as if they were archeological finds or ethnographical artifacts.
Friendly Patterns (2016) are knitted textiles that depict a photograph of a market's floor that was under the process of gentrification. In the context of the market's economic and its social changes, Pohle's “knitted” photographs imply revaluation as a twisted notion. By means of exhibiting an urban fragment within its own spatial and temporal context, the work showcases its ambivalent status that alternates amongst artifact and consumer good, visual remainder and fashion item.
German Indian (2005-2010, a mixed media installation reminiscent of an ethnographical museum with redrawings, rephotographs, film and artifacts, deals with a widespread German phenomenon called Hobbyism or Indianism. Following the legacy of the German writer Karl May (1842 -1912) Hobbyism continued to exist in both Germanys (former GDR and West Germany) until today. German Indian highlights notions of appropriation, authenticity and the romantic desire for otherness on the background of Germany's own social history.
THE MAD MASTERS (2007/08) consists of various acts recorded during a celebrity impersonator and look-alike convention in Las Vegas. The protagonists of the video are professionals as well prospective impersonators. The work deals with impersonation as a revenat of popuar culture and opens up questions of power, relationships between celebrity culture, cinema and archaic rituals.
Who are the Mad Masters, the possessed or the impersonated? The title refers to the documentary 'Les Maitre Fous' (1955) by Jean Rouch.
In Studio Index every artist who worked in the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, since 1993, has been registered on the building's floor plan. Each artist's name is listed by year and is located in the studio he used during the residency.