2015, HD video, 34 minutes, color/sound
Quarry traces the source of marble from a dark, cave-like underground quarry in Vermont- the largest in the world- to its high-end destination in Manhattan real estate developments. The orchestral soundtrack forms an emotive underpinning to the sleek interiors, echoing at times the aspiration of the luxury rendering. White marble, with its association to classical renaissance sculpture, is shaped and constructed into the interior surfaces of these luxury apartments, designed to bring even the most mundane spaces in closer proximity to the materiality and values of art. Through a distinctive camera choreography of tracking shots, gliding movements and sudden tableaux, the film reveals and montages increasingly elaborate layers and strategies of re-creation and simulation. Ultimately the representation of living or life exposes a complex economy of production and speculation.
Commissioned by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt for the exhibition Wohnungsfrage (The Housing Question), curated by Nikolaus Hirsch, Hila Peleg, Jesko Fezer and Wilfried Kuehn.