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I Am Afraid I Must Ask You to LeaveIn collaboration with Julian Charrière, 2018

Effects expert questions authenticity of Utah arch, hoodoo destruction videos.



What happened if a video of exploding natural monuments was uploaded on the Internet? Unlike the initial assumptions would suggest, the visually imposing destruction of ancient memorials in question, is rather the destruction of mere recreations of the original ones, built to be subject to the work series I Am Afraid by Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière. Constructed amidst a Mexican landscape, the three channel format video I Must Ask You to Leave displays the documentation of the building process, showing brigades of people, carrying enormous rocks, re-creating the monuments in their original sizes. A human intervention which would soon after be blown up while filmed on a mobile phone and thereupon anonymously posted online.

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – Canyonlands, We Must Ask You to Leave (scenic viewpoint), 2018

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – Canyonlands, We Must Ask You to Leave (scenic viewpoint), 2018

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – Canyonlands, We Must Ask You to Leave (scenic viewpoint), 2018

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – Island in the Sky,We Must Ask You to Leave (vertical viewpoint), 2018

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – I Am Afraid I Must Ask You to Leave, film still, 2018

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – I Am Afraid I Must Ask You to Leave, film still, 2018

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – I Am Afraid I Must Ask You to Leave, film still, 2018

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – I Am Afraid I Must Ask You to Leave, film still, 2018

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – I Am Afraid I Must Ask You to Leave, film still, 2018

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – I am Afraid (installation view) Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf, 2019

Above all, American television stations and newspapers showed and described the videos, speculating on possible locations of the destroyed monuments and surveying experts about their credibility. Soon the media came to the conclusion that the videos could only be fakes. Digital animation. By professionals definitely. No one had considered the possibility that the monuments actually existed for real - not natural but man-made, created for the sole purpose of being blown up.
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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – I am Afraid (installation view) Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf, 2019

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Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière – I am Afraid (installation view) Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf, 2019