Jeder Schuss ein Treffer

1984, 9:30 min, color, sound

In one of his most reductive, hypnotic exercises, vom Bruch confronts the viewer from behind a futuristic-looking "weapon" — actually an antenna. The syncopated rhythm of a waltz fragment played backwards is the mesmerizing accompaniment to the staccato repeat-edits of the artist turning in a half circle. Vom Bruch occupies a dual position as attacker and attacked, aggressor and victim. In the hands of the individual, this emblem of communications technology ultimately assumes not only the form of a weapon, but also that of a shield, behind which vom Bruch seeks protection. Jeder Schuss ein Treffer explicitly conflates the technologies of communications systems and the military, and then puts an ironic spin on this equation.