© Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg/VG BILD-KUNST Bonn

Turn Into Me

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

  • Year 2008
  • Edition a.p. 1/2 (Edition 4 + 2 a.p.)
  • Material/Technique Single-channel video (color, sound)
  • Dimensions Variable
  • Length 7´ 10''
  • Category Media Art
  • Collection Sammlung Goetz, München

In Natalie Djurberg’s & Hans Berg’s stop-motion film Turn into Me, which features clay figures, a naked woman staggers through the forest before collapsing to the ground to die. Soon an eerily beautiful process of decomposition begins in which the body undergoes various changes and becomes a feast for other organisms. Layer by layer, worms and larvae expose the innards. Scavengers work their way through the thicker lumps of flesh until all that remains is a skeleton, which rises at the end to perform a modern danse macabre. Hans Berg’s cheerful score stands in stark contrast to the film’s extreme imagery. With Turn into Me, Djurberg & Berg are able to transform the taboo of death into a story that imparts a sense of solace with its examination of the eternal cycle of coming into being and passing away.

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