Video Works by Rebecca Loyche

by Sarah K. Stanley

view Video Works Rebecca Loyche discussed in my essay:

  • Still Life I, II, III The Still Life series records icons of personal memories and decorations on a typical table in any home as an old building is undergoing renovation in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin. 

A 45-minute protest speech edited down to 4 minutes based on the tone of the speakers, the emotion of the sign language interpreter and the crowds' reaction. 

Spoken Icelandic and Icelandic Sign Language are recognized as two different languages, with approximately 320,000 people speaking Icelandic and 200 + people using Icelandic Sign as their primary language. 

The title Hvalreki means stranded whale in Icelandic and an English comparable translation would be Windfall. The irony of a stranded whale is a dying beast or food for a hungry village, some good can come if changes are demanded.

Revolutionary Climatology in the Arcades Sarah K. Stanley

Walter Benjamin’s concept of historical materialism is considered as a practice of media archaeology invented through literary montage and photo philosophy. The Arcades Project facilitated this research methodology via a mobile archive, while many of the citations gathered by Benjamin involve climate and weather conditions. 

The main case involving architectural theory considers how Benjamin redeployed Sigfried Giedion and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s Building in France as a media environment, drawing upon its layout design, photo illustrations and textual systems. 

In terms of his urban writing, a reading of ‘A Berlin Chronicle’ considers how the diagram contributes to Benjamin’s archaeological methods, as a theory to generate site writing. 

Benjamin’s mode of media archaeology is then employed to map the arcades architecture onto the train stations and libraries in Berlin and Paris, sites that informed The Arcades Project

The final section assembles a set of citations as ‘Revolutionary Climatology’, thought-images as flashes of red lightning.


New Facade Series with Sarah Stanley

Roland Fischer's New Facade Series with Sarah Stanley

“Roland Fischer travels to the world’s largest cities in order to compile a virtual catalog of high rise structures.  The artist is in fact investigating the consolidation of financial industries through new forms of trading instruments, especially in Asia, which gave rise to panoply of generic architectural styles in 1980s and 90s.  This contemporary condition which further unites architecture and finance in the newly globalized world city provides the graphic spectrum for Roland Fischer’s Fa├žade series”
Commissioned by Durham Press 


Sarah K. Stanley, a London-based art writer and media producer, has curated video, photography and installation projects, and produces writing, video and photography projects about architecture and urban subjects, in collaboration with international artists.