ILSA Factory Database, 2006, DVD Video, 6 minutes, Edition of 5/+1, courtesy of the artist.
The ILSA initials stand for Industria Linii, Societate Anonima textile factory founded in Timisoara in the early 1920's. The video was filmed in May 2006 in the abandoned ILSA ( Industria Linii, Societate Anonima) textile factory in Timisoara, Romania. Over the years, the workers have generated a kind of image database consisting of an immense amount of clippings from newspapers, product covers, photographys, posters, labels, postcards and stickers on the walls of numerous rooms throughout the factory complex. The camera traces this odd collection of imagery, which evokes products, people, places and dreams and follows the paths of image arrangement. For example there exists an entire wall made up of cars, another wall groups political figures such as the dictator Ceasescu with He-Man and a Boss advert, thereby ridiculing power relations and machismo. Other imagery shows families from South America juxtaposed with postcards from the Swiss mountains. The camera movement and animation tries to uncover the connections between different images in this veritable database in order to tell a narrative fueled by the rich imagination of the factory workers at ILSA.