In Cool clouds that look like they should be spelling something, but they don't (2012/2016), Stefan Karrer searched in the Internet for pictures that were described using terms like "cloud', "wave" or "rock" combined with adjectives like "cool", "crazy" or "lonely". A computer-generated female voice leads his video's audience through this collection of images and keywords. Quickly, the viewer begins to see the absurd side of this picture collection: Through the repetitive descriptions and associations attached to the images on the Internet, seemingly subjective moments in nature come across as uniform sensations. At the same time, the comments make clear that these shared images from the Internet do not correspond to real moments. Together with the poetic reflections on the image at the beginning and end of the video, the anonymous descriptions make clear that nature, to which the artist refers, is composed of a multiplicity of perspectives and voices.
Stefan Karrer, born in Basel, lives and works in Vienna and Basel.
Stefan Karrer works as a live musician and producer in the field of performance, sound and video installations. He studied media art in Basel and received a master's in contemporary art in Bern. Previously, he studied art history and philosophy at the University of Basel. Karrer's works have been presented at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich (2015), the Klingental exhibition room in Basel (2013) and the Flat Deux (2013) in London, among other places.