Ambiguous Signalscapes – Axel Roch

Posted in MediaArt by tpdr on February 9, 2009

This installation by Axel Roch (de) which I have seenat the Transmediale Exhibition in Berlin end of last month. I was not allowed to take any pictures, which I found rediculous because you can all check out in this online pdf.

As you will also be able to read in the pdf, the visitor creates a landscape of mountains, just by looking at the screen in front of him/her. The landscapes the visitors, and me when I tried it out, reminded me of a 3D version of the album cover of Joy Divisio’s Unknown Pleasures – which was designed by Peter Saville and will always be my favourite album cover I guess. Anyway, except for this link, I also associated the installation with a Karensansui garden, better known as a Zen Garden or Japanese Rock Garden. Since I am interested in concepts that bring the macrocosm our the outside world into the personal world or microcosm of a temple garden, I think this relation between the installation and the karensansui garden is very interesting. In this type of zen garden, mainly used for meditation, gravel/sand represents water while rocks symbolize islands, boats, waterfalls, … . In fast the more white, the more interesting it seems to me. Just by shaping the gravel/sand and watching it for some time, one creates his/her own landscape, just like in this installation where you are confronted with a white screen which becomes a landscape just by focussing your eyes on the emptiness.

Just as a note in relation to my own research I notice emptiness and the possibilities that come with this emptiness, start to fascinate me more and more. In one of my previous posts I noticed my interest in the link between the concept of the Wunderkammer and the inspiration I got while working on a Transmedia project ‘Magenta Room’. In other words how I think a room stuffed with objects and an empty room, can generate similar thoughts, feelings, etc.



Posted in MediaArt by tpdr on February 3, 2009

Peinliche Ordnung is a short movie, the artist himself calls it an essay, based on a chapter found in the book Der totale Widerstand – Kleinkriegsanleitung für jedermann published in 1957 in Switzerland. The book was a guide for the Swiss, telling them what to do in the case that Switzerland was occupied by foreign organisations. The texts soon became spread ouside the country and has been used by guerilla organisatiosn like the german R.A.F.

Theo Ligthart recites the chapter about torture and is, after a few minutes, getting instructions of a woman telling him how to read, forcing him to repeat sentences or paragraphs etc. This way the situation seems to evoke an interogation setup and as the remarks on the reading become more forceful, starts to refer to situation of torture. In addition I would like to add that Ligthart has suffered from deslectia, therefor this situation for the video is also linked to his childhood memories of the horror of reading texts out loud in the class, getting constant remarks of his teacher.

More info about Theo Ligthart and Peinliche Ordnung can be found on this website.

SIX APARTMENTS – Reynold Reynolds

Posted in MediaArt by tpdr on February 2, 2009

Reynold Reynolds is an Amercian born in Alaska who makes installations, documentaries, experimental movies, … . One of his works ‘Six Apartments has been shown on the last Transmediale in Berlin, but it was his presentation that impressed me even more.

‘Six Apartments’ is a movie about 6 people living each in their own apartment in complete isolation. They never change their daily routine even knowing it is overshadowed by problems in the outside world which reach them by watching television.

I have to add that all his work is worth having a look at, I personally feel still really amazed by the imagery of ‘Secret Life’. Words can not describe so I you have the chance to see it, please do so. To get a better glimps, visit his website.