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Tür, 1988

Interactive computer video installation
University of Applied Arts Vienna (AT)

Real door (closed), portal/porch, catwalk, video projection with computer animation, live camera, video player and videotape, speakers, computer, switcher, sensors


Behind the computer-animated door is the "direct video transmission" of what is happening outside, the place where the viewer is coming from. At the same time, the window in the same large-screen projection shows a past situation: mounted time-lapse video recordings taken at night from the same camera angle. Apparently, the viewer masters the central perspective: by walking forward she/he triggers the opening of the projected door. The catwalk keeps the viewer in line with the projected event. A simultaneous presentation, the relativity of the present and the past, the real and the projected, is staged in the installation.

Simulated architecture, a traditional element of art since the Renaissance, Baroque and Mannerism, is advanced into media-specificity. The media as doubling machines increase the realism and the trompe l'oeil through the moving image.

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Sehen und Bewegung als dynamische, sich im Raum ereignende Vorgänge sind Thema der Tür-Arbeiten (Tür, 1988; Tür für Huxley, 1989; Tür für Heine,1990) – einer Reihe verwandter Computer- & Video-Installationen, in denen Ruth Schnell mit der elektronischen Simulation architektonischer Durchgangssituationen (Türen, Fenster, Treppen) arbeitete. Hier findet sich der Beobachter, wenn er auf die vom Video simulierte Tür zugeht, in der paradoxen Situation wieder, dass er zugleich vor und hinter der Kamera, zugleich Objekt und Subjekt der Darstellung ist.

Johanna Hofleitner