zondag 22 november 2009

The Techno Viking Archive

Everyone knows the Techno Viking video, right? It’s that weird guy dancing in the street during the Berlin Fuck Parade in 2000. But what we didn’t know it that the original title is actually Kneecam No 1 and that it was filmed by Matthias Fritsch. He did some research on his video and found out that it was viewed over 20,000,000 times and made a small exhibition about it: The Techno Viking Archive.
Remember: “The Techno Viking doesn’t dance to the music, but the music dances to the Techno Viking”.

What is the video of TECHNOVIKING?
It is a short video produced by Matthias Fritsch in 2000 at the Fuckparade in Berlin. In 2007 the video was discovered by the You-Tube community and posted by users in various other platforms. After being linked and discussed in different web sites and internet forums it got uploaded on break.com, a big american mediaportal "for guys" were the video had it's peak on September 28th with more than a million viewers in one day.

In the following 6 months more than 10 Million people watched the Video under the new name of "Techno Viking" and more then 700 remix versions and responses of the video were published. There are many videos where people stage the video and reanact it in their homes, clubs or on the streets.

technoviking archive wahlheimat
Exhibition View of Technoviking-Archive, Nancyhalle, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2009

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