- Art in public space
- Electronic environments
- Video sculpture
- Light objects
- Expanded photography
- Video tapes
- Performative context
Video installation in public space
Video player, videotape, video projector, five-part projection screen, computer, rotary motor
In co-production with Kike García Roldan
By entering the installation room the viewers find themselves between several spatially arranged projection surfaces displaying a video of a fragmented eye. They may try to find the optimal position to see the eye as a whole. However, the installation Der andere Beobachter is constructed in such a way that this point of view is never reached. On the iris, electronically processed film images flicker, showing extracts from Hitchcock films. The depth of field of the projection changes; individual projection parts become sharp or blurred.
In this conceptualization, conventional dispositives of image and sight alter and correlate with one another:
- The mode of looking at the panel, whereby the ideal position is not possible.
- The cinema apparatus is introduced, although the screen looks back, mirroring itself in the iris and allowing the projector to take over the function of the eye. The viewer/observer moves into the picture as a shadow and moves through the image space. Thus, they construct and deconstruct codes of visual perception.
The fragmented video image and its constantly changing content become a metaphor for the constructedness of the visual process. The observer is referred to as the ever "Other". The artist and the "activated" viewer, and finally — in the constructed reality of the "cinematic" happening — the fragmented eye can be found here in the role of observers of different levels of perception.
Johanna Hofleitner, in: Das Sehen re-konstruieren [re-constructing vision]
1992, Der andere Beobachter, KunstSchauFenster, Dornbirn (AT)
1991, Transformator (Computer- / Videofestival), public spaces, St.Veit/Glan (AT)
1999, Hitchcock, Kunsthalle Tirol, Hall in Tirol (AT)
2004, Patterns of Perception, California Science Center, Los Angeles (US)
Bibliography:=> Johanna Hofleitner: Ruth Schnell – Das Sehen re-konstruieren. Publiziert in: EIKON - Internationale Zeitschrift für Photographie & Medienkunst, Heft 24, Triton Verlag, Wien 1998