Video, 2020, summer semester Diploma Degree project
David Osthoff
Digital Arts

The Eastern Railway connects Europe with Asia. Containers roll by, anonymous and abstract. On the basis of two different states, this work unfurls an interplay of silence and noise, which is given a visual counterpart with presence and absence. A space where the rhythms of nature and economy collide in different temporalities. Colossal volumes move along predetermined routes from east to west between producing and consuming countries and leave their traces. The footage presents a chronology of cargo movement within a 24-hour economy. An overwhelming flow of material that has a challenging effect on observers. “east” is a summer semester 2020 Diploma Degree project, originally conceived as an installation.