The Lonely Centre in the Lonely Circle

Suzanne Wiegner (Germany)
Daata Editions
Video / 03:00 / color / stereo
Edition of 27

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About the work

The film draws a line from Heinrich von Kleist's essay "Sentiments before Friedrich's Seascape" about Caspar David Friedrich's painting "The Monk by the Sea" to our today's world. The endlessly reproducible pictures are part of our life, they are where we are. The modern human being before the screen is more than ever – as Kleist wrote – "the lonely centre in the lonely circle".

About the artist


Susanne Wiegner

Born in 1961 in Kempten, Germany.

Studied architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and at the Pratt Institute in New York City as a DAAD scholar. She works as a 3D-artist in Munich, Germany. For several years she has been creating 3D computer animations dealing with literature and with virtual space. Venues where her work have been shown include group exhibitions at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Art + Technology Center EYEBEAM in New York City, FACT in Liverpool, FILE in Sao Paulo, Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, WRO Biennale in Wroclaw, National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, re-new, digital art festival in Copenhagen, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Les Rencontres Internationales in Paris, Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow, El Paso Museum of Art, Texas, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens and festivals in Marseille, Rotterdam, Berlin, Lisbon, Toulouse, New Delhi, Damascus, Beirut, Vienna, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Macau, London, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Amsterdam etc.

In 2011 her film "just midnight" was the winner of the festival award "la parola immaginata" in Bergamo, Italy and in 2012 her film "at the museum" won the Ballon-Prize at crosstalk VideoArtFestival 2012, Budapest, Hungary. In 2014, her film “Love in the Age of the EU” was selected as one the best three films of ZEBRA Poem 2014, Berlin. In 2015 her film “the light – the shade” was the winner of the international competition at CYCLOP, Videopoetry Festival, Kiev, Ukraine.

About the platform


Daata Editions

Daata Editions has collaborated with Artspace, for the co-commission and launch of a new video work by artist Keren Cytter, 'Terrorist of Love'. The work is available as a free download on the Daata Editions website, along with the Lu Yang and Toby Ziegler recent commissions.

Daata Editions artworks form part of the Hammer Museum Contemporary Collection, US, the Julia Stoschek Collection, Germany, KIASMA, Finland and the Zabludowicz Collection, UK. Collectors, including Robert and Renee Drake, The Netherlands, as well as galleries, including Elizabeth Dee, New York and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, have purchased multiple artworks from the platform.

Daata Editions has participated in Art Cologne, Frieze London, NADA New York, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Expo Chicago, Chart Copenhagen, LOOP Barcelona and Independent Brussels art fairs and has presented screenings and events in collaboration with Frieze New York & Frieze London art fairs, Salon 94, Zuecca Projects in Venice, Vanity Projects NYC and Miami, Soho House New York, Toronto International Film Festival & Venice Film Festival, Art Basel in Miami Beach, while artworks from Daata Editions Season One have formed part of exhibitions at Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway & Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, UK. Daata participates in discussions and dialogues at venues worldwide including the NY Times conference Art for Tomorrow in Doha, Qatar, Soho Houses London and NY along with talks at the various art fairs.

Daata Editions has received significant interest from the press, with media including The New York Times, Art in America, Elephant Magazine, Vogue and ArtTactic to have presented features on the project and its impact on the marketplace. In addition, art writers and curators Andrew Goldstein, Lindsay Howard, Anton Haugen, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Lucy Chinen, Courtney Malick and Loreta Lamargese have presented texts, reflecting on different aspects of Daata Editions.

Daata Editions has a dedicated section on the platform, 'Curated', through which guest curators (individuals, galleries and arts organisations) introduce new artists' works, in a way that promotes a creative dialogue between the platform and contemporary art practices, and introduces artist to the site and offer a context. Curators include: yours mine & ours, Metaphysics, Zata Banks, Legacy Russell, Katherine Finerty, New Contemporaries, Gutter Records, bitforms gallery.