Photo credits: © Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst | © Digitale Kunst Abteilung Universität für Angewandte Kunst
Something other than photography
Venue: Edith-‐Russ-‐Haus für Medienkunst
Oldenburg, Germany, (2013).
Venue: Weissen haus
Vienna, Austria, (2013).
Curator: Ruth Schnell
Vienna, Austria (2014).
Curator: Ruth Schnell
Venue: Fundación Ludwig, Havana Biennale
Havana, Cuba. (2019)
Curators: Ruth Schnell and Martin Kusch
Odalisques #2 2013-2019
A monitor is installed featuring a photograph of two female figures with their backs to the viewer. The participant can freely move the monitor – in all directions – to see a different image than that in the photograph. Although the moving image that appears on the screen corresponds to the still shot, the video operates as a window, enabling the viewer to see beyond it – to virtually enter the invisible side of the image. At the first glance, the figures depicted in the still, seated side by side, appear to be an exact repetition or a mirror image. Only at a second glance can the viewer perceive the differences. This interaction then makes it clear that – despite similarities – the figures behave differently. In the performance-like act of posing, the figures interact with each other bu means of various gestures, such as looking, smiling, nodding and touching. However, the viewer is never entirely able to verify this, since the screen is so small that the viewer cannot perceive both figures simultaneously. The participant is encouraged to take part in the perceptual exercise of composing the continuously moving image through small, fragmented shots. The silent dialogue between the figures is an enigmatic occurrence, as they apparently seem to be in a synchronized conversation. By steering the screen, the participant becomes first an outsider, a voyeur, discerning the action behind the still image. But the figures are aware of the presence of the viewer: as they exchange signs with each other, they also occasionally directly face the viewer, thereby including him or her as a third participant in this dialogue. The screen interface frames this virtual scenario in much the same way as a digital camera, which is incapable of freezing a moment in time.
Audiovisual interactive installation composed by: Inkjet print on PVC (120x140 cm), single channel video, color, PAL, Full-HD, 10 min, monitor (customized), computer tracking system.
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