Laufende Projekte, 1993
[ Ongoing projects, 1993 ]

Video installation
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. All recordings were made during a study trip to Japan, where it is customary to take a nap in public (Inemuri: "to be present and to sleep").

The parallel position of the two projections creates the script for the dramatic event between the observer and the observed.

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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.

For example, in the video sculpture Laufende Projekte (1993), two frosted glass spheres hanging in front of the white wall capture video projections, so that the “running” image sequences are sharply recognizable, albeit distorted, and are seen only fragmentarily on the flat wall through the shadows, diffusely outlined due to the varying distance. The light ball becomes the light receiver.

Johanna Hofleitner, in: Das Sehen re-konstruieren

1999, phänomen:zug, Institut für Volkskunde, Wien (AT)
1996, Ruth Schnell, Galleria Del Cortile, Rome (IT)
1993, Beyond the Screen, allerArt Bludenz, Bludenz (AT)