A film by Olaf Nicolai
Olaf Nicolai’s film Marx shows a 24-hour close-up of the Karl Marx Monument in Chemnitz. It questions the meaning of time in physical and philosophical terms. In cooperation with Haus der Kunst, Munich, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin.
- 24 h
A fixed camera shot of the Karl Marx Monument in Chemnitz, filmed over the course of one day: For his film, Olaf Nicolai chose a single frame that shows only part of the colossal face. The 24-hour close-up transforms the political icon into a landscape that is subject to constant change caused by the surrounding light conditions. The noise of traffic or passers-by and the advancing clock of the carillon from the nearby city hall tower can be heard. With Marx, artist Olaf Nicolai asks about the course of time, about its measurement and meaning in physical and philosophical terms.
Marx was shot in 2020 during the autumnal equinox when day and night are the same length. Exactly one year later, it is being screened at the equinox in different locations. The images travel around the globe and can each be seen in different time zones – from Guangzhou to Jerusalem, Tangier and Berlin, to Montevideo and Los Angeles.