- Art in public space
- Electronic environments
- Video sculpture
- Light objects
- Expanded photography
- Video tapes
- Performative context
Two milk-glass spheres, two video projectors, two video players, two videotapes, sound
The projection of a sequence of images onto a ball and, as a consequence, the wall behind it, results in the juxtaposition of two projection surfaces. Whereas the ball displays a focused but distorted image, the wall surface displays a fragmented, diffused one.
The first projection shows a camera shot of a woman's face watching something while sitting in a train; the second projection shows transitory urban landscapes. The parallel position of the two projections creates the script for the dramatic event between the observer and the observed.
As spatial video sculptures, Schnell's media installations are situated at the intersection between analogue and digital reality, and between objectivity and virtuality. The integrated everyday objects, which embody the artificial images, refer to the world of things, but at the same time are reinterpreted, in the sense of the mediation process between the different levels of perception and reality.
1999, phänomen:zug, Institut für Volkskunde, Wien (AT)
1996, Ruth Schnell, Galleria Del Cortile, Rome (IT)
1993, Beyond the Screen, allerArt Bludenz, Bludenz (AT)
Bibliography:=> Hofleitner, Johanna: Ruth Schnell – Das Sehen re-konstruieren. Publiziert in: EIKON - Internationale Zeitschrift für Photographie & Medienkunst, Heft 24, Triton Verlag, Wien 1998