Simone Kessler

Wishful Thinking2013, 2-channel video installation, 7 min loop, (Exhibtion view)
2013, 2-channel video installation, 7 min loop
(Exhibtion view)
Wishful Thinking2013, 2-channel video installation, 7 min loop, (Video still)
2013, 2-channel video installation, 7 min loop
(Video still)

Wishful thinking is a 2-channel video installation that uses the visual language of the Western movies. It plays with its ideal of a free and lawless life full of adventure in the seemingly endless wilderness of the prairie. Two billboards show projections whose moving images are shifted in their dimensions and iconographically exaggerated: On the larger one, we see a pair of cowboy boots, on the smaller counterpart a shadowy steppe landscape shimmering with heat passes by. At some point, the boots begin to smoke, as if impatiently anticipating a duel that will never take place. Instead, the loop seamlessly begins again: the landscape passes persistently and steadily, the smoke over the boots comes and goes. Judging by the sounds, now and then a train passes by in the distance. Crickets chirp.

This work was created in collaboration with the artist Gabi Blum.