JOAS NEBE

 

* INTRODUCTION
* PAINTING
* SCULPTURE
* FILM WORK
   PHILOSOPHICAL CARTOONS
   CLIMATE CHANGE CARTOONS
   TOTEM TOONS
   ENCYCLOPEDIC CARTOONS
   LETTERS + WORDS
   GRAMMAR
   NON SENSE + NON FICTIONAL
   SUBURBAN
   PUDDLES + PONDS
   MOUNTAINS + VALLEYS
   PARADISE GARDENS + SPA
   FOOD CHAIN
   NIGHTMARE
   MESSAGES
   ROBOTS AND MACHINES
   CITIES + FACTORIES
   TIME + SPACE
   ROOMS
   DARK PLACES
   THE SWEET HERE AFTER
   GAMBLING
   EXPECTATIONS
   OPERA
   SCHAUKASTEN
   BILDERBOGEN
   PATTERNS
* ARTICLES
* EXHIBITIONS
* BIOGRAPHY
* NEWS
* CONTACT

THE SWEET HERE AFTER

The Sweet Here After Project is based on Dante Aligheri´s Divine Comedy. The project consists of several video works, which reinterpret the several circles of hell and paradise form a contemporary point of view (no angels, no ancient heroe´s or hereos of any kind, no kings, no holy persons etc., but modern locations of hope and aspiring prospect, e.g. a casino, the white cube of a gallery or a museum, the Broadway of prolific theatre culture).

Dante´s spirituality which allowed him to draw a clear vision of the afterlife, is gone and, at least from our contemporary perspective, nobody can really know what comes after death. Maybe it will all be the same, same places like casinos, Broadway theatres and other places of well-being or boreness.

The only thing we know from people who came back after passing away, is that there is either a pleasant experience (roughly about 2/3) or a bad one (about 1/3 in total) before really passing away.

The Footage of the video series is based on flower bouquets, which are used to decorate living rooms as well as graves.

One of them is the last one I gave my mother as a birthday present to her 89th birthday. One day after in the morning she passed away.

THE WHITE ROOM
(4k, color, video mapping, single channel installation, 2min 40sec, 2022)


“After death souls enter the white space, when leaving the body.”






There are hints from people, who came back after they seem to have died that there are so many differences about what they told about, they have experiencened. 2/3 of them have seen the paradise and 1/3 have seen hell. But what impact has memory? Some are drown in the beautiful memories of their past, travel experiences, good relationsips with friends and family. Others are lost in big flooding of bad memories, which came up from the past, especially if they had bad experiences in their childhood, e.g. abuse, war, death etc..
These souls are in hell, whether they had turned to the bad during their life or not.

This work is dedicated to my belove mum, who had been expelled from their hometown in her childhood, which soon after has been erased from the surface of the earth, Königsberg in Ostpreussen, replaced by the Russian goverment by a new city called Kaliningrad. So during all her lifetime my mother was a kind of homeless, because in every identity document her birth place appeared, which didn´t exist anymore.



THE SWEET HERE AFTER: RUN, LTTLE ROYAL PALM, RUN!, single channel video, color, 0min53sec excerpt of 1min03sec, 2011-2022





THE SWEET HERE AFTER: BEAUTIFUL MEMORY, STAY!, single channel video, color, 0min59sec





THE SWEET HERE AFTER: LAST MEMORY, EVER!, single channel video, color, 01min02sec from 1min40sec, 2011-2022





THE SWEET HERE AFTER: BYE, BYE, MOMORIES, single channel video, color, 01min07sec of 01min40sec, 2011-2022




THE SWEET HERE AFTER: AGONY, single channel video, color, 1min43sec, excerpt of 2min 53s, 2011-2022


shown at:

2022 SIDEWALK VIDEO GALLERY, The Sweet Here After: Wallpaper, Boston, MA, USA