Joscha Steffens
Born Waiblingen (DE), 1981
Nationality DE

www.joschasteffens.de
 
'UCHRONIA', 2017, film projection, video, photographs, time machine 'UCHRONIA', 2017, film projection, video, photographs, time machine 'UCHRONIA', 2017, film projection, video, photographs, time machine 'UCHRONIA', 2017, film projection, video, photographs, time machine

The project UCHRONIA [Totale Erinnerung] led Joscha Steffens into a secret island community of an occultist Nazi tribe. Its members never accepted the defeat at the end of World War II and still remain in their identity as SS and Wehrmacht soldiers of the German Reich. In their world the existence of Hitler's secret weapons plays a major role: not only Maus tanks, V2 rockets, UFO-like flying discs, but also the most top secret of all weapons – the time machine 'Die Glocke' happens to be an uncanny reality. Steffens entered their territory several times and started working with them on a sci-fi movie project that arose out of his first contact with the tribal members.

This current project, which will be presented in part, is a form of new documentary that simultaneously examines and transposes fiction and reality, fabricated and simulated, hunter and hunted. Games are turned into portraits; a fake battlefield becomes a game of rules and commands, a timeless island houses a Nazi time machine. This wonderland is a provocative landscape in which authority and authoritarian issues are being played out.