SCREENING/TOBIAS STERNBERG/During Sarajevo Film Festival 2016/Kino Bosna

Tobias Sternberg is a multidisciplinary sculptor, extending his practice to installation, video, collage and performance. To all these mediums he brings the sculptor's understanding of skillful craft and material presence. His work is infused with a dark humor and a flair for story-telling, and often in a playful way challanges the rules of the art world itself. His video works have been shown at Videonale, Kustmuseum Bonn and he participated in the "Videonle on Tour" at the National Gallery in Sarajevo in 2010. 

Tobias Sternberg was born in Stockholm, studied at Goldsmith's College in London, and now lives and works in Berlin. He is a co-founder of artists' run space HilbertRaum.

RECORDED IN STONE by Tobias Sternberg 

A short portrait of Sarajevo 

A short portrait of Sarajevo, a city still visibly marked by the recent civil war. The camera is taking on the role as the distant observer, patiently filming the hills around the city, its streets and squares and monuments. But the city is strangely devoid of life. Ghost figures scurry around on the rainy streets, nobody stops long enough to stand out of the anonymous crowd. But the anonymity couldn't protect them during the war. It's been estimated that every 45th inhabitant got killed during the infamous siege, and about the same number of people have been blacked out of the film. On our tour through Sarajevo we will visit some of the places of most significance during the war. They stand there as silent monuments made in concrete and stone. We see them deteriorate in front of our eyes. We see the new life of the city shimmer past, as the stones remember what once happened there, and try to make us remember. All the while a number of competing cultural identities struggle for supremacy, in the form of six different national anthems, all at least once valid for some of the people of Sarajevo. 

Sarajevo and Berlin 2010 3'00”
A film by Tobias Sternberg.
Music: MIDI files of the current and former national anthems of former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska where downloaded from and are used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Production of synth instruments by Tobias Sternberg using Garageband.

Thanks to Seka Krupić, Tasja Langenbach, Georg Elben.
Realized with the generous support of Videonale 12, Krupić Kersting Galerie, Goethe Institute Bosnia-Herzegovina, Der Ministerpräsident des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, 10 Jahre in BiH, Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Centar za Savremenu Umjetnost Sarajevo. 


Review on Tobias Sternberg in Sculpture Magazine, Sept. 2016