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Friedrich Passage
Tobias Bernstrup

In the video Friedrich Passage (2001) Tobias Bernstrup uses the Machinima technique (machine + cinema) – a style of animation that uses the graphic engine of video games to create videos and films. By modifying the contents of an existing game Tobias creates his own video game universe where we enter a desolated underground shopping mall based on an existing environment in Berlin. The walkthrough in the mall is accompanied by a gloomy electronic soundtrack composed by the artist. Like in several of Bernstrup’s works from this period of time he explores the point at which the real and the virtual meet.

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Computer
Duration 00:06:30
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2001
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About the artist

Tobias Bernstrup

Born in 1970 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm.

Tobias Bernstrup is a Swedish artist working in a wide range of media from; videos, interactive works, sculpture, painting, installation to live performances and electronic music. He received an MFA from Royal College University of Fine Arts Stockholm in 1998.

Tobias has been working internationally since the late 90s and has been noted for his pioneering works influenced by computer games as well as his transgender musical performances. The future, technology, androgyny and queer aesthetics are reoccurring topics in Bernstrup’s works which operate in the realm between the virtual and the real, with a fascination for the dystopian landscape which he throughout the years have explored in various media.

Bernstrup’s works have been shown in major museums around the world, such as Moderna Museet, Palais de Tokyo, Biennale de Lyon, Shanghai Duolun MoMA, Gothenburg Art Museum, Uppsala Art Museum, Cairo Biennale, Busan Biennale, Manifesta, MASS MoCA, Miami MoCA, Utah MoCA, and Basel Museum Für Gegenwartskunst.