video installation
(10:20 min, loop, HD, sound, color)


The work Positions shows uniformed, armed women in a pose of defense against the background of a sunny skyline. The camera brings the viewers very close to the protagonists and allows them to watch the situation securely. The viewer lingers in this state - at times in sight of the women, at times among them. The real action is dislocated outside the visible region, so that one can only guess what happens in the protagonists’ field of vision.

Positions is a study of the posture, the role assignments and their fulfillment. Thereby the work does not aim so much at a statement about self-defense against a particular person or group of people, but rather at a resistance to structures, systems or normative gender concepts; an ongoing struggle and celebration of an aesthetic of contradictions.


Concept, production and realisation - Kristina Paustian
Director of photography - Katharina Hauke
2nd camera - Julia M. Müller
Sound - Artem Bezukladnikov
Production assistant and unit manager - Anton Werner
Costume design - Rufina Rudolph
Editing - Kristina Paustian, Franz Reimer
Sound design - Christian Obermaier
Color grading - Ioannis Kaltirimtzis

Performers - Daniela Imhoff, Dariya Susak, Diana Zhang,
Katharina Forsch, Maryna Makarenko, Nora Bergbreiter,
Sabrina Labis, Yu Ching Huang

With the friendly assistance of Bilfinger and Theater an der Parkaue.