On an elevated, concrete area a plastic bag is picked up by the wind, spinning it on its axis and pushing it around a pedestrian zone in a circle. Several passersby come into contact with the bag, shifting it off its course. But eventually the bag returns to its original starting point, thus completing a cycle.
In the video Edad de Hielo, Mario Asef uses the above scene to draw a link between planetary movements and the rises and falls of the stock market. Narrated in voice over, a complex symbolism emerges that fuses objectivity and myth, numerical certainty and superstition, presenting to us the frozen state of uncertainty in which we live: an ice age.
This video work is part of a series of works incorporating sound, graphic elements and text that link two or more stories and locations in reexamining the composition of urban space and its relationship to moments of social and historical significance.
Using landscapes and urban locations as mediums, the idea is also to investigate various ways of storytelling.
Bio: Mario Asef is an architect and conceptual artist based in Berlin. His work has been exhibited worldwide, most recently at Daegu Photo Biennale (South Korea), Quartier 21 (Museumsquartier, Vienna), Hamburger Kunsthalle, Villa Merkel (Esslingen, Germany), Kunstlerhaus Bregenz (Austria), and the Akademie der Künste Berlin.