Motivated by the question of how to integrate a past within the present, Susanne Dietz’s videos explore the relationship between the moving image and lived experience, with its inherent sense of disorientation in a search for belonging.
Susanne Dietz (GER/UK) is an artist working with moving image, sound and performance. She creates videos and installations which question the ambiguous nature of reality, memory and the restless body. She works across visual arts, theatre and live performance using immersive AV technology.
From 1998 to 2016 she was part of Shunt, a pioneering experience-led, immersive performance collective that created site specific live events across abandoned buildings in London. Dietz co-founded Ballpark, a moving image collective supporting artists development.
Gazes from Beyond the Grave
HD Video / 10:12 min / 2019
01:36 min excerpt
A filmmaker and her mother traverse a cemetery seeking a grave that cannot be found, a virtual landscape evolve around them. Time and memory unfold into the walk. Combing fictional and non-fictional elements with animation, the film explores personal trauma and dementia while getting lost in the alleyways of a grave yard.
CURRENTS New Media Festival Santa Fe/New Mexico 2022
Margate Film Festival 2021
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2021
Cellu L’Art Film Festival Jena/Germany 2020
Media Library Vision Du Réel International Cinema Festival Nyon/Switzerland 2020
Bunker on Kummerstraße
HD digital video from 2K original / 2-channel video installation / 10:02 min / 2018
More than twenty-five over-ground bunkers can be found in the City of Duisburg, Germany. These remaining concrete structures are an imposing reminder of an atrocious past. For decades they have been repurposed; some into flats, some occupied by musicians and artists, and some as accommodation for the elderly.
Bunker Kummerstrasse in an abstract re-enactment of recurring traumatic memories and images. Filmed in the bunker on Kummerstrasse, the last one built by the Nazis in 1943, we move through floors and layers [re]visiting sites of intensity.