CONSTANTIN HARTENSTEIN

The first letter of the Greek alphabet, Alpha has come to denote “the first of anything.” Animal researchers use the word to signify dominance, applying it to the leader of the pack, who is the first in power and importance. Among humans, an Alpha-Male is defined as “a man tending to assume a dominant role in social or professional situations, or thought to possess the qualities and confidence for leadership.” Constantin Hartenstein’s ALPHA (2015) is based on a subliminal soundtrack called “Be the Alpha Male”. The narration is re-enacted by three muscular men.

Als erster Buchstabe des griechischen Alphabets bezeichnet Alpha den „Anfang eines Ganzen“. Tierforscher nutzen den Begriff, um Dominanz und Stärke zu signalisieren. Constantin Hartensteins ALPHA (2015) basiert auf einem subliminalen Soundtrack, der mit drei muskulösen Männern re-inszeniert worden ist.

ALPHA MALES : Jase Grimm, Anthony Rockford, Garrett Hill
ALPHA FEMALE : Mille Højerslev Nielsen
CAMERA : Joshua Frank
EDITING I ADDITIONAL CAMERA I SOUND I ANIMATIONS: Constantin Hartenstein

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Constantin Hartenstein, Alpha, 2015, video installation, duration 11:22 mins. Image courtesy of the artist.

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