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It Takes Little

Karen Zimmermann
2017, HD video, 07:24, sound

2017, HD video, 07:24, sound

Idea: Karen Zimmermann

Camera: Nikolai Meierjohann

Production: Academy of Media Arts / Karen Zimmermann


a woman throws her husband out the window.

a woman is turned into greta garbo.

a woman who shoots at wolves.

a woman is turned into zsa zsa gabor.

a woman is turned into marlene dietrich.

a woman knocks a man’s teeth out.

a woman drags a man by the hair through a bedroom.

a woman who shoots at clay pigeons.

a woman puts on leather gloves.

a woman assembles an AK-47.

a woman tends to a bullet wound.

a woman bites on a piece of wood.

a woman who spills blood.

a woman takes a big sip of whiskey.

a woman tears a white shirt in thin white strips.

a woman throws another man out the window.

a woman calls herself courtney love.

a woman changes a car tire.

a woman tests out a flamethrower.

a woman fills a bullet wound with gunpowder.

a woman cauterizes a wound.

a woman performs the perfect drive.

a woman is killed by a grizzly bear and dragged into the woods.

a woman changes a car tire.

a woman leaves jail clothed only in her underwear.

a woman smashes a tennis racket.

a woman smashes another tennis racket.

a woman swears at a referee.

a woman crushes the head of a child with her bare hands.

a woman wrecks a car.

a woman smashes in a bathroom door with an ax.

a woman shouts: “be gone, satan, be gone.”

a woman reads misery by stephen king.

a woman wrecks a ferrari.

a woman jumps out the window.

a woman jumps into the canal.

a woman swims out into the open sea.

a woman strangles a leopard with her bare hands.

a woman sharpens a knife.

a woman forges a sword.

a woman slays a dragon.

a woman pushes a man against the wall.

a woman with bad breath.

a woman with silver teeth.

a woman who draws a revolver.

a woman who wrecks a racing car.

a woman who shoots indiscriminately.

a woman who goes into a betting shop.

a woman who reads karl marx.

a heavily armed woman.

a blind woman with boils.

a woman throws a suitcase down the stairwell.

an unwashed woman.

a crippled woman.

a woman with crutches.

a woman who saws through the bars.

a woman with a cowboy hat.

a woman who bites the head off a chick.

a woman who bites the head off a bat.

a woman who sprouts from the ground.

a woman who dunks a man in dishwashing liquid.

a woman kills a grizzly with a large knife.

a woman is shot with an arrow.

a deaf-mute woman plays piano on the beach.

a woman locks a man in the basement.

a woman shackles a man to a chair.

a woman hits a man with a dead fish.

a woman takes a drag on a joint.

a woman throws dishes out the window.

a woman snorts a line of speed.

a woman who sells cocaine.

a woman who shoots up.

a woman who jumps into the ocean.

a woman rides a wave.

a woman breaks out of jail.

a woman watches mustangs on the prairie.

a woman chases mustangs.

a woman who catches a mustang with a lasso.

a woman breaks a wild mustang.

a woman grooms a mustang.

a woman stands in the rain.

a woman spits.

a woman wipes her mouth with her hand.

a woman who knocks her teeth out.

a woman who shoots herself in the head.

a woman who drills a hole in her knee.

a woman who jumps from a bridge.

a woman who drives into a tree.

a woman who digs a hole.

a woman who hides a body.

a woman who washes her face.

a woman who looks in the mirror.

a woman who washes her hands.

a woman drags a man by the hair out of the picture.

a woman dunks a man in dishwashing liquid.

a woman in a white apron.

“it takes little.”

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Text — Tobias Yves Zintel

Karen Zimmermann has studied in the postgraduate program at the Academy of Media Arts since September 2016, with a focus on video art and performance. Since 2017 she has been a part of the performance collective You Are, and together they have been invited to the Videonale, Bonn; Schaustellen!, Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature, Münster; and the Ruhrtriennale, Bochum. Supported by a work scholarship from the Kunststiftung NRW she worked and gave a workshop during a two-week stay in Athens. Her thesis work, which is supervised by Phil Collins, Lilian Haberer, and Tobias Yves Zintel, will be shown in January.

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