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Video večer / Video Evening #08

Nina Höchtl


FAHR, FAHR, FAHR oder TSCHÜSS & BABA, Nina Höchtl

DRIVE, DRIVE, DRIVE or BYE, BYE (FAHR, FAHR, FAHR oder TSCHÜSS & BABA), 2007
Idea, concept, direction: Nina Höchtl
Cameras/Editing: Andreas Haider
Sound: Robert Grabner
Actors: Christoph Gollner, Gisela Salcher, Hakan Yavas
Speakers: Wolfgang Höchtl, Beatrix Kramlovsky, Markus Schlögl, Andreas Schmitzer, Julya Rabinowich, Angela Wiedermann
Format: video, miniDV, color and sound
Duration: 00:19:31
Original language: German with English subtitles

Present-day forms of earning a livelihood and the increasing flexibility of ways of living are directly linked to developments in mobility. The readiness to co-ordinate several occupations in surroundings that have become mobile, expected especially of women in rural areas, defines the everyday ways of the locals.



In 2007 I accompanied residents of the region Kirchdorf in Upper Austria on their ways to work. On the basis of these experiences I developed a play, which was presented both live, twice as a screening and as an audio installation in the parking lot during the Festival of Regions 2007.


PENACHO VS PENACHO, Nina Höchtl

PENACHO VS PENACHO, 2011
Concept, idea, editing, design (mask, outfit): Nina Höchtl
Cameras: Elena Pardo, Carla Pataky, Cristina Velasco
Luchadores: Crazy Boy, Superdevolución Copilli Quetzalli
Superdevolución Copilli Quetzalli’s theme song: music: Haydeé Jimenez, Collage of statements about the Penacho de Moctezuma compiled by Nina Höchtl
Format: video, miniDV, color and sound, 16:9
Duration: 00:16:58
Original language: Spanish

In the last few decades many countries have demanded the restitution of important cultural pieces to their countries of origin. A large number of art and cultural artifacts, among them the Penacho de Moctezuma, have had a long and troubled history. As most of these objects have now come under close analysis by postcolonial consciousness, that their location in places outside their countries of origin are inherently problematic, the Penacho, too, has faced several readings, discussions and calls for restitution. 



The “right” of ownership and claims of restitution are unsettled. Moreover, restitution encompasses not only objects or pieces of land, but the feelings, thoughts and beliefs that are also part of human heritage. The discrepancy in the meaning of these objects between those who currently possess them and their claimants cast an enduring shadow on contemporary (neo)colonial discourse. Hence, the artifact -once displaced- becomes caught in in-between, hybrid places, never fully belonging to the country, that hosts it nor to the place it originated.

The intervention “PENACHO VS PENACHO” between SUPERDEVOLUCIÓN COPILLI QUETZALLI, whose role I created, and CRAZY BOY, who in his role has wrestled for Mexican power since years, attempts to question and set into motion, or better, into wrestling, the Penacho and the complex, differentiated, changing relations of power that go along with it.


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