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1.1 Acre Flat Screen

eteam

2004 00:45:05 United StatesEnglishColorStereo

Description

1.1 Acre Flat Screen is a 45-minute video about a year-long effort to improve a lot of 1.1 acres of desert land in Utah, which we purchased on September 4th 2002 on eBay. The video starts with ways of finding a lot in the desert, using satellite images, topographical maps, a compass and string. It displays ideas and plans on how to improve the land’s value and documents our preparations to face the unforgiving desert.

In August 2003 we finally went back to the lot and stayed there in order to stop one of the trains that runs nearby. Train stops have often been the first sign of an infrastructural improvement in an area and are also an option to make a living in the desert.”

--eteam (Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger)

 

“There's nothing more conceptual than actually getting something done. eteam, Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger, two German artists living in the United States, have turned practicality into an aesthetic absurdum by pursuing odd tasks to their outlandish conclusions. eteam's finest moment of home improvement can be found in the wonky work 1.1 Acre Flat Screen. This is a precise, detailed, and riotous account of their purchase of a small tract of dusty acreage through an eBay auction. eteam tracks their acquisition to a sagebrush-laden void in southwestern Utah whose indistinguishable expanse makes it the perfect foil for fantasizing. As if upon the more familiar flat screen of their computer, the artists begin to project a domesticated mirage atop their slab of high desert. “Surrounded by big dreams,” they offer, “the lot was perfect as it was.”  Happy times for Conceptual Art; a grave defeat for Home Depot.”

--Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive

Since 2001 Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger have been collaborating under the name eteam.  Most of their projects are based on random pieces of land they buy on eBay or in Second Life.

eteam's projects have been featured at many venues, including Art in General, P.S.1, and Eyebeam in New York, MUMOK in Vienna, Neues Museum Weimar in Germany, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Spain.  eteam's videos have been screened at the Transmediale Festival in Berlin, the Taiwan International Documentary Festival in Taipei, the New York Video Festival, and the 11th Biennale of Moving Images in Geneva.  Moderegger and Lamprecht have received funding for their work from Art in General, NYSCA, Rhizome, the Experimental Television Center, the Henry Moore Foundation, and an Emerging Artist Fellowship Grant from Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens.  They have been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Smack Mellon, Eyebeam, Harvestworks and the Center for Land Use Interpretation.  Most recently they have been awarded a Creative Capital grant for their project open source Grabeland.

Winners of the Videoförderkunstpreis Bremen, 2008/09.

Also available from eteam is the book Buzz Cut