Baltensperger + Siepert 2015
Collage, 68cm x 46cm
C-Print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper
12 Landscapes, Edition of 2 + 1AP
IImaginary Landscapes is based on photographs of national borders that Baltensperger + Siepert found on the internet. To remove the borders the artists physically cut the photographs into pieces and then rearranged what was left to create new, imaginary landscapes. With Imaginary Landscapes the artists question common structures.
The sometimes poor quality and low resolution of the images reference that they were taken from the Internet. The algorithms of online search engines, such as Google, Baidu or Bing helped to shape the image pool Baltensperger + Siepert used as an archive for this series.
Accordingly the images represent the most talked and written about borders, zones of conflict and regions renegotiating national and cultural borders.
Through the gesture of removing border installations and the re-creation of alternative landscapes, Baltensperger + Siepert open a new field for imagination to claim its space and create “thinkabilities“ of the in between.