Peter ist tot / Peter is dead (single—channel video, 2012) Why do humans make puzzles? Does photography conserve memory? What is a good story? Why is one interested in the life of a stranger?
This video consists of photographs which I found in the garbage bin of my house. The essence of a stranger’s life was thrown away. A fictive biography based on analogue photographs tells the life of Peter the truck driver and barkeeper from West—Berlin, who could also have been called Klaus or Jürgen. Why were these pictures thrown away? Does Peter not deserve to be remembered? Or do we just want a good story?
Clemens Wilhelm (b. 1980 in West—Berlin) — a multimedia artist based in Berlin. He studied at HBK Braunschweig in the classes of Candice Breitz („Meisterschüler”, 2009) and Michael Brynntrup (film class). His works are shown internationally in institutions and festivals, such as Goethe Institute New York City, Loop Festival Barcelona, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Frankfurter Filmtage and Bielefelder Kunstverein. He received the KSN Northeim Scholarship (2009—10), the Pepinieres Europeennes Scholarship (2010—11) and the Lo Schermo dell’Arte — Visio Scholarship (2012). He was artist in residence at Organhaus Art Space Chongqing, SIM Reykjavik, Buitenwerkplaats Amsterdam and Titanik Gallery/SUMU Turku