Intimate Inner Lives
Both works, Fenster (Window) and Teppich (Carpet), by Andreas Koch are frozen. They depict traces in a city’s existence, in the life of one or more people. Supposedly familiar things, the interface between inside and outside, are strangely distorted by this enlargement. Even the uncanny view of an apartment from above, which could not possibly be photographed in this way, changes the supposed familiarity of the interiors. It turns the private into the public without the occupants’ knowledge. As spectators, we take an observing, a distancing position; strangely foreign, soundless, passive, and entirely without participation. It is not long before this voyeuristic view of the lives of others becomes unpleasant. Quick, let’s get out of here and into the city!