Andreas Bunte is a Berlin-based artist whose recent work consists of short films and film-based installations that employ assemblage, audio and text. Of interest to Bunte are situations where technological, architectural, psychological, biological and ideological systems intersect, and the ways in which those intersections define and limit space. His latest project is concerned with the genre of the scientific research film and its attempt to subjugate film to the idea of utmost realism.
For his exhibition at Republic, Bunte SFUs Audain Visual Artist in Residence is presenting Lettuce partially emerging from a shopping bag (2014), a film based on his research at a German motion studies archive. In his film, hands are seen entering a gridded frame, manipulating consumer products. The question is not what these hands are doing, but how the objects respond to them.
Showing at the Or are Buntes Künstliche Diamanten (Synthetic Diamonds) (2013) and Undertuck (Low-Pressure) (2013). The first film focuses on the artificial manufacture of diamonds in the former German Democratic Republic. The second film turns to another pre-unification GDR project: a training facility that simulates high-altitude conditions in an effort to keep East German athletes from going abroad to train and potentially defecting.