Zu-Wohnung   Austria   1996


"Zu-Wohnungen" are purported institutional apartments accommodating people in need for the duration of a year. This period of time can be concurrently used, because of the controlled (living) conditions, in deciding if the tenant is justified to receive subsidized living quarters.

This social perspective is the theme of Trauttmansdorff's video: fear brings about the collapse of all furnishings, including the doors, which stabilized the view of the camera- once again allowing for the closing. The video was recorded in 1996 and completed in 1998. "Zu-Wohnung" is one of 18 contributions of the video sampler "sincerely yours - Video Art in Austria" curated by Birgit Mollik. (Suess)


sincerely yours, 1998

Sofia Municipal Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

TED Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria


3min 48sec mono color PAL

Technical protocol

Hi8 Video (recording); Media 100 (postproduction); VHS (master), Beta SP submaster

Produced together with

Thanks to Hans Peter Bergmann

Post production

Zone, Wien


Octavian Trauttmansdorff

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