Screening
Julia Stoschek Collection

A Minute Ago

Rachel Rose
2014 / single-channel HD video installation / colour / sound

With her video work ‘A Minute Ago’ (2014) that combines sequences on a beach, hail showers, and documentary interviews, the American artist Rachel Rose allows viewers to experience the ephemeral nature of the present.

A painting of a heroic landscape, in the foreground two dead bearers carry a body wrapped in cloth.

Rachel Rose, A Minute Ago, 2014. Single-channel HD video installation, 8'43", colour, sound

Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias, London. On loan from the JULIA STOSCHEK FOUNDATION, Berlin/Düsseldorf. Part of: Rachel Rose, Palisades, 2015, mixed-media video installation; 2 videos, audio work, custom made speakers, carpet

  • 8 min 43 sec

As in many of Rachel Rose’s works, reference to a specific place forms the starting point for “A Minute Ago”. An amateur video of a beach in Siberia opens the sequence and provides the work’s title with a remark from one visitor: “It was perfect weather a minute ago.” Suddenly a seemingly apocalyptic hailstorm transforms their joy at a hot summer’s day into pure fear, reinforced by the sounds of the Pink Floyd track “Echoes”. The next scene places the viewers inside one of the most famous architectural icons of the modern age, the Glass House built by Philip Johnson in Connecticut in 1949. Johnson himself – appearing like a fleeting, out-of-focus hologram – guides us through his former home. Overlaid with images of Nicolas Poussin’s painting ‘Landscape with the Funeral of Phocion’ (1648), the dead man remains in motion while the glass house with its transparent panels acquires a symbolic significance.

Part of:
Rachel Rose, “Palisades”, 2015, mixed-media video installation; 2 videos, audio work, custom made speakers, carpet