(the promise)

1-Channel Video
16:9 HD BluRay
8:18 mins loop / silent
format lifesize

A woman is standing, waiting, her right hand held up, expecting something to come from above. She shows signs of exhaustion, her eyes water and her hand shakes slightly. On her left shoulder sits a mysterious bird. When her hand reaches towards the bird, it flies away. She goes back into her waiting position, hoping for something to arrive. Nothing happens. Her hand reaches back a second time, touching her empty shoulder. When she returns to wait, the bird appears out of the blue, sitting on her left shoulder as if it had never disappeared.

Dedicated to Wendy .


Woman: Sandra Hüller
Bird Wrangler: Martin Eder


  • Secrets, Galerie Herrmann & Wagner, Berlin (Germany)
  • Urban Screens 08, Melbourne (Australia)
  • Ein Ereignis ist sie, immer wieder aufs Neue, in jeder Rolle: Sandra Hüller. Erst recht, wenn es durch Boris Eldagsen tatsächlich zur Verschmelzung von Kunst und Theater kommt. Hier agiert Hüller ohne Worte im mystischen Nichts.

    PRINZ Magazine (Germany)

  • The Promise questions what we think we know about expectation and salvation. This silent video work is a one-woman-show for renowned German actress Sandra Hüller.  

    Karra Rees, Curator, CCP Melbourne (Australia)

  • Bewegend, weil nahezu unbewegt:  Sandra Hüller steht regungslos und nackt vor einem roten Vorhang, blickt ins Licht, mit bittender Gebärde. Von den Bildern geht eine unheimliche suggestive Kraft aus, die die Szene nahezu real erscheinen lässt. Ein Sich-Verlieren im Moment.

    Frederik Beyer, hpd (Germany)

  • Bereichernd und aufreibend.

    Thüringer Allgemeine (Germany)

  • In fantastische Traumwelten und ganz weit hinaus ins Universum. Videoinstallation am Rande der Realität.

    RBB Inforadio Kultur (Germany)

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