The "Space beyond Me" displaying found footage form the 1930s (spain) at Transmediale 2010
From the center of a dark, round room, a UV projector projects a film clearly dating from another era onto the wall, which has been coated with phosphorescent paint. The projector mimics the movements performed by the camera, which, at the time, had recorded the film material. The artist developed a program that analyzes found footage to precisely determine the original movement of the camera in terms of three axes: rotation, angle, and zoom. The exact deconstruction of the movements is transferred to the projector, a modified 16mm camera, which carries out these motions as if choreographed.
At the end of the projection, all
scenes appear on the wall at their
correct location. In this manner a time- based medium is transposed onto a spatial medium. The filmed scenario consists of two spatial dimensions and the component of time. The spatial perception of the viewer engages with the landscape glowing on the walls of the projection space to translate this surface back into three spatial dimensions that are independent of time.
One film documents a naked, lost man in the desert, while a second film dating from the mid-twentieth century shows scenes from everyday life in a Spanish village.
The apparatus in my brain
The Arriflex 16 ST body with UV-light source and motorized zoom lens
The projecting camera in front of the curved phosphorescent screen
still images from the 16mm film about the Spanish village in the 1930s
panoramic image of the "Space Beyond Me" after rolling a film about a naked disoriented guy in the desert
still images from the film about a naked disoriented guy in the desert