The Ghost of a Protest (2021), 3D Animated video, 4 minutes
In collaboration with Arijit Bhattacharyya, commissioned by the state of Leipzig, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and Röda Sten Konsthall
Ghost of a Protest is a video that visualises a post-apocalyptic protest site. The main
building in the video is the old Stasi building in Leipzig (Germany). By establishing a
narrative based on the interdependencies of past, present and future it imagines the
protest in the year 2053. This triad is concretised in three dates: 1989– the year of the
peaceful revolution that led to the fall of the Iron Curtain–2021–the period of a drought
of public life–and 2053–which is the time between the two dates projected to the future.
Drawing inspiration from the genre of Social science fiction and Anthropological
Science fiction the project explores the inherent utopian qualities of protest in
contemporary society and in a dystopian future. The former Stasi building becomes a
site of inception. The physical space layers the traces of the historical past and the
speculative future into the reality of the present.
-Text by Arijit Bhattacharyya