START POINT PRIZE – Prize for emerging artists

Abigail Sidebotham

In 1976 an unexploded German bomb known under the name “Herman” was found at the Gower Peninsula in Wales, weighing one ton and with a length of 2.5 meters. The actual story of its diffusing serves for Abigail Sidebotham as a catalyst for numerous other interpretations, which are loosely woven together in her fifteen minute video. Sidebotham recounts the story in her own way, as an accomplished writer, and the gigantic Nazi bomb hidden deep below the ground becomes a symbol of a broader sort of Holy Grail: the masculine principle of conquest is confronted with a mysterious and menacing superpower, carrying within itself the attributes of an apocalyptic pregnancy. This seemingly marginal story from the recesses of 20th century attains through lengthy scenic shots and slow -weighted sentences almost mythological proportions. (pv)