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1 Corinthians 14:34
Artists struggling with the “ancient prayer”, the Lord’s Prayer, in an artistic fashion is rather rare in contemporary art, and if so, then rather as a mere reference to Christendom or to Christian values, sometimes also in a sarcastic way, blasphemous. However, the Lord’s Prayer always stands for the basic agreement demanded by all Christian denominations, and therefore is a fundamental element in Christendom.

Sabina Kaluza asks questions of this prayer in an unusual way...

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Eckhart Bauer
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3,33`
The transparency of the big hanging work of art, called “3. 33”can be seen as a special project. In the picture Sabina Kaluza tries to capture one unique moment of the present and she wants to establish a spatial connection between the past and the future. Questions about the essence of time occupy people‘s minds and can cause perplexity. Just like other people, the artist asks these questions and there are answers to find from time to time. In this case, science provides us an answer. Science has calculated the perception of the present. The period of time that feels like the present is 3.33 seconds long. Sabina Kaluza interprets this fact by documenting the rotation of a body through time exposure. The rotation takes exactly 3.33 seconds and leaves a blurry trace behind. This photographic technique makes the body appear weightless and indistinct. Both attributes hint towards the element of water, which can be just as temporary as experiencing the body as weightless. The artist has been playing with the connection between the different objects, by colouring the picture in a way that it appears to have a blue aura.
Traditionally water is a symbol for life and purity and Sabina Kaluza adds another meaning to the element: water creates the movement of the body within the certain amount of time that is regarded to be representative of the present.
When one understands time as a river, it means that one can be aware and also dive into the present of the flowing (or floating) water . The trace of water becomes the past and the ongoing stream of water will be the uncertain time that has yet to come.

Iwona Glajc (M.A. Kunstwissenschaft)
Braunschweig, 12.05.09
 
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