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Dennis Del Favero: Cross Currents [1999]

»Cross Currents« is the third part in Dennis Del Favero’s Yugoslavian War trilogy after »Pietà« [1994] and »Motel Vilina Vlas« [1995]. At the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media, the artist realized the work as an interactive installation and a CD-ROM.

»Cross Currents« investigates explores the new traffic in human beings, specifically the sex trade, sweeping Europe and exploiting, amongst other victims, refugees from Former Yugoslavia. These refugees, lured by fake advertisements and enticements, find themselves forced to work as prostitutes in the hotels and streets of Berlin and other European cities. In surveying this underground sexual economy the project also reveals a specific interrelationship between male and female sexuality. This intertwining exposes the secret debt paid extracted from the bodies of the women involved and the brutalization enacted on the emotional lives of the men. The project focuses on these issues through a narrative dealing with the relationship between a young mail-order bride from former Yugoslavia and her husband, who sells her into prostitution in Berlin.

In the interactive installation the viewer enters a room with a severely tilted and wedge-shaped floor. Interacting with the viewer's movements by means of a laser motion detection system is a split-screen video projection beamed onto the two intersecting walls of the room. The projection is accompanied by a synchronized sound and narrative audioscape, while fragmented items of hotel furniture emerge from the various surfaces of the space.


Type of Work

Interactive Installation

Interactive work on CD-ROM [published in »ZKM digital arts edition #2« [1999]]


ZKM digital arts edition # 2:

Eds. ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
in cooperation with Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum
Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 1999.

Editor: Astrid Sommer
Packaging and booklet design: Holger Jost
Translations [booklet]: Astrid Sommer, Thomas Morrison
Copyediting: Manuela Abel, Thomas Morrison
Production: ZKM | Institute for Visual Media
in cooperation with Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum

Dennis Del Favero: »Cross Currents« [CD-ROM/ Interactive Installation]:

Concept and realization: Dennis Del Favero
Sound design and production: Tony Mac Gregor
Script, Texts: Dennis Del Favero, Tony Mac Gregor
Sound Engineer: Andrei Chabunov
Speakers: Sylvana Jakic, Vladan Blagojevic
Translations: Margot Seligman
Yugoslavian footage: Drazen Simic
CD-ROM programming and production: Volker Kuchelmeister
Digital video editing: Dennis Del Favero, Volker Kuchelmeister
3D graphics, assistance video postproduction: Sabine Hirtes
Installation application software: André Bernhardt
Architectural drawings installation: Simon Bathgate
Research and script editing: Fiona Bathgate

The sound was produced in association with: The Listening Room, the acoustics arts program of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Recorded at: The Studios of ABC Radio, Sydney, Australia

Production: ZKM | Institute for Visual Media

Components of the work

ZKM digital arts edition #2:

CD-ROM [for MS Windows 95/98/NT or MacOS version8] and booklet [32 pp., English/German]

Software used: Macromedia Director, Apple QuickTime

Interactive installation:

laser scanner
2 Pentium PCs
Pentium-PC with Mpeg II-decoder
2 projectors
SVHS distribution amplifier
10 speakers
pentagonal space [8m x 8m x 3.6m; inclination of floor 25%]

Macromedia Director
Apple QuickTime

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