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on display: Klara Hobza
Klara Hobza
10.04.2014 to 04.05.2014


Thursday, 10.04.2014 - 11:00 am

opening hours

tuesday- friday
11:00 am - 19:00 pm

saturday, sunday
12:00 pm - 18:00 pm


basis e.V. Gutleutstraße 8-12 60329 Frankfurt am Main

on display is an exhibition format specially conceived for the basis reading room. Young artists are invited to present current videos parallel to the exhibition program in a regular monthly cycle. The solo presentation at the reading room gives the public a chance to engage intensively with the work in question, and, further, over a long period the opportunity to get to know works by a wide range of young artists working in the field of moving pictures.

We are delighted to be presenting the first four videos of the long-term project Diving Through Europe by Klara Hobza from April 10, to May 4, 2014.

Klara Hobza tests with her projects the bounds of possibility – in Diving Through Europe she wants to dive across Europe from the North Sea to the Black Sea. For the 2012 launched project that looks at first sight impossible, or even utopistic, the Berlin based artist scheduled a time period over 25 to 20 years. Starting at the estuary of the river Rhine at the harbor of Rotterdam, she dives all through the river up to the City of Mainz, where she changes to the River Main and continues through the Main-Donau-Canal all the way to the river Donau, that finally flows into the Black Sea. The episodes of the project will be presented step-by-step to the public. The first four videos document Hobzas dives from the North Sea to Rotterdam.

The idea for this project came to Klara Hobza’s mind at a train travel from Berlin to Pilsen. After a longer stay in America, she wants to re-discover and understand Europe aside of national boundaries by transiting it on its navigable waterways. After two years of preparation, a. o. at the Alpamare in Bad Tölz, she finally realized her audacious and drawn-out project in 2012.
Like in Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, by whom she attended a film-seminar, the artist wants the impossible to become reality. In contrary to the theoretical reflections and cinematic fiction, reality involves unpredictable moments and danger, which could not be thought of in advance. An almost crash with a containership in the dull water brings that immediately to mind and proves the seriousness and physical effort, which are connected to the project.

Klara Hobza (* 1975 in Pilsen, CZ) lives and works in Berlin.

Diving through Europe, 2012-2013
4 Single-channel videos:
Part 1: Introduction, 2012, 1 min 53
Part 2: The Great Entry, 2012, 2 min 22                                                    
Part 3: Europoort, 2012, 1 min 58
Part 4: Der Totale Horror, 2013, 3 min 35

Camera: Klara Hobza and Pietertje van Splunter
Music/Sound: Klaus Janek

Courtesy Soy Capitán, Berlin und Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg

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On display is curated by Gislind Köhler.

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