Zwischenreich. The book. · 14 Dezember 2009 by Medusa Cramer
domizil 31, 2009
Photo Book, German, 100 pages
Observations by Medusa Cramer, captions by Tim Zulauf. Edited by domizil, Zurich, and published by Books on Demand, Norderstedt, 2009; 100 pages.ISBN 978-3-83-910522-1
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Zwischenreich is a realm of places situated in between. Here, “places” refers to settings of objects and landscapes of signs that appear at the edge of our field of vision; Our eyes are drawn sideways away from the living and towards the seemingly lifeless matter and its basic structure. The places captured are mostly characterized by emptiness, which constitutes the actual substance, the peaceful juxtaposition of objects. The mood of the scenes portrayed ranges from nostalgic memories of the past through moments of the present to the open future.
Zwischenreich is captured by Medusa Cramer’s eye: its actual location in real life is irrelevant. A reality that transcends the elusive light of the moment reveals itself now and then in one fragment or the other, leading us to think to ourselves “somewhere along the Balkan coast” – thoughts that create realms and then let them fade away. The places portrayed are ephemeral, just like our thoughts, fading and disappearing with time to make room for new ones – whatever they may be – in the present and future.
Tim Zulauf describes what might have occurred before or after the places portrayed were emptied. The result is a collection of scenes viewed from two different perspectives: The photographs depict an image and a moment which trigger thoughts that transcend the objects inherent in the image. The viewer’s thoughts dwell on the image for a moment then move on out of Zwischenreich.