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Hundekälte (Nächstes Jahr wirds noch kälter)
Mattias Härenstam

The title Hundekälte (Nächstes Jahr wirds noch kälter) is a quote from Alfred Döblin’s novel Berlin – Alexanderplatz from 1929. The starting point for making this video, was also in fact reading this remarkable novel. It tells the story of the ‘working class anti-hero’ Franz Biberkopfs struggle to ‘get something more out of life than bread and butter’. But just as important as Franz himself, is the part played by the city in itself: The almost explosively expanding Berlin of the late 1920’s. The novels main theme: The individual in mass-society and the endless struggle of people stuck in a system to free themselves of its restraints, pretty much encircles my own themes.

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (4:3 Letterbox)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:12:13
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Year 2003
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About the artist

Mattias Härenstam

Mattias Härenstam, born 1971, is educated at National Academy of Fine Arts, Bergen, Norway and Städelschule, Frankfurt a. M. After his education, Mattias has chosen Berlin as a base of activities. His main working area is video (as ”pure” video pieces or as parts of installations), but he have also been into sculpture, performance and photography. The main themes are contemporary social and political structures, seen from a personal and individual perspective.