2016, Maximilian Schmoetzer

Maximilian Schmoetzer
The Salon of Clicks

Maximilian Schmoetzer’s prototype challenges what he describes as a new ‘techno-colonialism’ whereby states reconstruct destroyed monuments in the form of life-size facsimiles. Using ‘poor images’ found online he disrupts this strategy by exposing the fictional life of photographs. The computer-generated figure of Zenobia is introduced, a Northern Bald Ibis, found near the ruins of Palmyra. The bird, now vanished from Syria, becomes an emblem of critique, its dislocation challenging the techno-colonial ambitions of western governments.

3D-Scan of a Reproduction of the Arch of Triumph of Palmyra in New York at City Hall Plaza, Arch Cam Choreography, 2016, © Maximilian Schmoetzer
3D-Scan of a Reproduction of the Arch of Triumph of Palmyra in New York at City Hall Plaza, Arch Day, 2016, © Maximilian Schmoetzer
3D-Scan of a Reproduction of the Arch of Triumph of Palmyra in New York at City Hall Plaza, Arch Night, 2016, © Maximilian Schmoetzer
schmoetzer loop, 2016, © Maximilian Schmoetzer

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