16 mm b/w film, 8 min.
Dabernig's film Wisla shows two performers following the
progress of a football game. They observe the playground attentively
and gesticulate with the significant gestures of two participants
in a conflict. Camera is pointed exclusively at them. At the
same time, we hear sounds and the noise from a crowded stadium.
As the game is finished, we become aware that the stadium
is empty. In fact, Dabernig has combined the shots from the
empty Wisla Stadium in Krakow with the sound recordings from
two Italian Serie A football matches at the Friuli Stadium
in Udine. This combination provokes a complex structure of
dualities. "The unostentatious gestures of the two actors",
says the artist, "which are nevertheless distinct in their
expresiveness, are the catalyst for the incidental patterns
which are given meaning by the incidental framework of the
football match. As such they become a metaphor of social activity,
an ambivalent expression of power and impotence".