georg klein


The Dry and the Wet
Video triptych + 4-ch-sound

In hardly any other region of the world does the wet meet the dry in such an extreme way as in southern California. In an almost brutal way. Green fertility borders directly on empty, parched soils. In the middle of all this lies a huge blue lake, created by a man-made disaster: the Salton Sea.

In a 2-month artistic research, Georg Klein investigated the entire area, collected sounds, pictures and text remains in the hostile desert region, which is exclusively traversed by artificial water. The documentary material points to a dystopian future: the struggle to control water, which is already underway in many countries and will become increasingly acute as a result of climate change. The audiovisual installation condenses the documentary material in a video triptych with 4-channel sound, in cooperation with the composer and saxophonist Ulrich Krieger (LA).