Maja Bajevic, To Be Continued / Steam Machine, 2011, installation with steam machine, slide projector, 80 slides, 113 × 126.5 × 179 cm
Exhibition view: Layers, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürih, Switzerland, 2011.
Photo documentation: Thomas Strub


Steam Machine

Social and political turmoil over the last hundred years is represented by slogans floating on clouds of steam. Walter Benjamin said: “The real image of the past moves on fleetingly.”  Slogans are projected on moving steam, underlining yet again the ephemeral within the project and the way it tends to speak about history. Everything comes and goes and turns around. In the former Yugoslavia there was an expression often used to describe politicians: ‘the ones who sell fog’ or ‘fog sellers,’ meaning those who tell a free interpretation of the facts, not necessarily false but not true either. (Maja Bajevic)