Cinémathèque Robert-Lynen, Paris
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Aleksandra Domenovic, Anhedonia, 2007. Video, 86'. Courtesy of the artist
In psychology, anhedonia is an inability to experience satisfaction from normally pleasurable life events such as eating, exercise, and social or sexual interaction. It was also supposed to be the original title of Annie Hall, but was considered unmarketable.
- Aleksandra Domanovic
Anhedonia is a full length remake of Woody Allen's film Annie Hall (1977). The remake preserves the film's original soundtrack, while the visual narration is entirely replaced by a selection of films and photographs taken from the Getty images database, each bearing the classic « watermark » from the brand's corporate identity. The images and videos were not selected at random, but based on key words in the screenplay. Aleksandra Domanovic is therefore able to reconstruct the story wih materials that, while foreign to the film, are pertinent according to the cold, impersonal logic of the database. Anhedonia is a new object that oscillates between literal meaning and allegory.
Born in 1981 in Novi Sad (Yugoslavia), Aleksandra Domanovic lives and works in Berlin. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Ljubljana and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Basel (2012) and Firstsite (Colchester, 2014). The same year, she presented an installation as part of Glasgow International. In 2015, she will be part of the New Museum Triennial, New York. She is represented by Tanya Leighton gallery in Berlin.