Martin Sulzer
KINGDOM COME
with Vika Kirchenbauer, 2014, video


Aerial footage shot by pigeons equipped with lightweight digital cameras. The viewer gets only a fractured impression, though immediately identifiable, of a political demonstration.

Our habits of analyzing images lead us to ascribe a subjectivity to their creator — but we do not see what the pigeons see, nor are the pigeons aware that they are filming. This is a precise perspective for looking at the space and surroundings of what signifies the German political centre.

The pigeon photography references a method used mainly for military purposes during World War I in the field of what would nowadays be called ‘unmanned reconnaissance’, a precursor of modern drone warfare.
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