Stefan Hoderlein

Artists Who Collect
Stefan Hoderlein, Matching Jacket and Pants, 1996, Slide Projection, 3 views, Installation at Gallerie Fricke, Berlin

Stefan Hoderlein is a video and installation artist who collects objects, people, sounds and themes. For Hoderlein, the future means loss of things past, and this is part of his motivation for saving items from his life. He weaves the collected material into installations, which shed light on his everyday surroundings. His object collection includes cigarette lighters, magazine covers and clothes. His people include video footage of dancers at raves, TV clips and people who join him in creating his art. Hoderlein collects audio recording as well, including sounds of the jungle in Southeast Asia and trade fair markets in the US.

Hoderlein photographed his collection of clothing against black backgrounds. The combination of clothing is changed in each figure. The projected slides are visible in a grid of 12 at random speeds, with a slight variation so that one never sees the same projection repeated twice, showing how, according to curator Mathias Winzen, "clothes create identity; identities are interchangeable" (p.156, Deep Storage).

Hoderlein is influenced by the youth club culture of Germany and by the social world that technology has created. Researchers Birgit Richard & Heinz-Hermann Krüger have written about the extraordinary technological developments used by this youth culture: “Within current German youth cultures, [techno] . . . brings on a package of new visuals based on the possibilities of desktop and electronic publishing, computer graphics and animation. It is the first subculture that uses and exploits all computer-generated forms of the digital age . . . Techno-designers develop new ideas . . . the clubwear and streetwear styles trickle slowly into the haute couture” (Birgit Richard/Heinz-Hermann Krüger, Raver´s Paradise? German Youth Cultures in the 1990s).

The social life of the rave or techno party is also significant for Hoderlein. Youth culture is transformed during these events as the boundaries of class, age, gender, color, profession, political opinion or sexual preference are put aside while moving to the music and rhythm. The rave helps youth feel less isolated in their own popular culture.