4-Channel Video installation
4:3 PAL DVD
14:15 min loop
Based on the structure of karaoke, (no cure) features four 80-year-old Germans, singing the lyrics of three The Cure songs: Cold, One Hundred Years and Sinking. The haunting electronic score composed by Melbourne composer David Chisholm uses leitmotifs of Richard Wagner’s opera Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) to accompany the lyrics and the work drifts into a poetic and eerie comment on the transience of life and memory.
Full version (14:17):
Dorothea Jaster, Johanna Penski, Anton Sorge, Hans Baldin
* ‚New German Photomedia‘, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney / Australia.
Download the catalogue (NEW GERMAN PHOTOMEDIA) here.
This haunting, immersive work creates an environment that is both poignantly introspective and breathtakingly spectatcular (…) Here, dwarfed by the encircling faces of old age, the viewer is left to contemplate the transience of life and memory, and the slow fade into eternal stillness. Alasdair Foster, Director / Australian Centre for Photography Sydney
Boris Eldagsen’s vast, weather-beaten visages bear down on the viewer from all four sides. Projected on giant screens, the faces whisper baleful phrases as ominous music sounds. Confronting and bleak, the haunting faces stay with you. Festival highlight. Sydney Morning Herald
In the darkened main gallery, you find yourself surrounded by the four huge screens of Boris Eldagsen’s No Cure on which are projected four elderly figures in white hospital gowns, their deeply etched physiognomies tinged with a blue that might be bleeding from a medical scanner. These giants speak in turn, sadly, anxiously, even angrily, as if to you, or across the space to each other, their German recital of bleak song lyrics from The Cure subtitled in English on the opposite screen and counterpointed with Australian composer David Chisholm’s subterranean murmuring of Siegfried’s funeral march. This stillness of the subjects makes this work portraiture, their movements and utterances make it drama. (…) The heightened detail in the imagery (…) and their mutual, unearthly, transforming radiance (…) conjures other states of being that take us into and beyond ourselves. It’s quite an experience.
Bathing the viewer in bright, white light, Boris Eldagsen’s large-scale, four channel video and sound installation is a poetic and haunting meditation on the transience of life and memory that is as confronting as it is serene. artdaily.org
Our ‘Artist of the Week’! FBI Radio Sydney
From the bright white light that baths the viewer to lyrics lifted from a swag of Cure songs, Boris Eldagsen’s large-scale, four channel video and sound installation is an interesting, if tough and haunting piece. The imagery features four 80-year-olds singing, in thick German accents, said Cure lyrics over an original score created by Melbourne composer David Chisholm who cites Richard Wagner’s opera Götterdämmerung as inspiration for the piece. kripy.com