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1943, 2023
Photo and green screen in: Franz Hohler – Hallo. Guten Tag. Oder gute Nacht. (Hello, good day. Or good night), Kunstmuseum Olten, 06.05.— 05.11.2023, curated by Dorothee Messmer and Katja Herlach.

1943, exhibition text (Orig. D):
On Jan. 13, 1943, artist Sophie Taeuber died of a carbon dioxide intoxication in Zurich while fleeing from Nazi-occupied France. Activist Sophie Scholl was killed by the Nazi dictatorship in Munich on 22.2.1943. Franz Hohler was born in Biel on March 1, 1943.

On 13.12.2004, The writer and stand up comedian Franz Hohler stood in front of the Federal Palace in Bern - the bulding of the the two chambers of the Swiss Parliament - with a banner in defense of artistic freedom. The occasion was provided by the deputies of the parliament. On the initiative of Peter Bieri, a member of the CVP (Christian Peoples Party) Council of States from Zug, the majority of the parliament punished the promotion of culture by cutting 1 million Swiss Francs from the annual budget of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia after it had discovered through the media that a photographic portrait of right wing SVP (Swiss Peoples Party) Federal Council member Christoph Blocher had been suggestively urinated on in an exhibition by Thomas Hirschhorn at the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris during a theater performance.

During his acceptance speech on receiving the City of Zurich Art Prize in 2005, Franz Hohler recited his poem "Im Jahre 1943" ("In the year 1943"), which contains the hope that the two Sophies - Sophie Taeuber and Sophie Scholl - have found refuge in his soul, "both dreaming of freedom, of beauty, of courage and of love."

RELAX are sometimes using a green screen for the production of their video films since 2012 (previously a blue screen from 1988). As such, this is a standardized green background color which allows a filmed foreground subject to be separated from the green background. At the same time, a second image source can be inserted into the green color area. This process is described as chroma keying. Green and blue offer the strongest contrast to human skin color. The best-known example of chroma keying are weather forecasts, which are almost as popular all over the world as horoscopes. The announcer stands in front of a green background. As TV viewers, on the other hand, we see the person talking to us about the upcoming weather conditions in front of an animated weather map.

Edition 2023
Edition of 3
D-print on paper
89 x 64.5 cm

Documentation photos: 2023 Kunstmuseum Olten, Kaspar Ruoff