When does our position change reality and when does reality change our position?

The installation Inside nature, outside the square leads to questions dealing with embodied spectatorship and the relation between the creation of meaning, image and world.

The research installation is a spatial get-together of experiments. Including Thirteen Stories, Landscape, Playtime, Seagull, Autumn Afternoon and The Camera as a Notebook. For the exhibition in Eye Filmmuseum they were brought together as an installation including a ‘travelling soundscape’, as in physically moving through the space, of a variety of sound fragments connected to the project.

Inside nature, Outside the square revolved around the question of the spectator and its position in relation to its reality. What conditions shape our view? How do we construct an image or reality and when do we make it our own? When is our position changing reality, and when is reality changing our position? I started to research these questions through the concept of framing (formally as well as metaphorically).

 

The video dioramas invite the spectator to move and to alternate one’s position to form meaning. How do we construct a reality – when do we make it our own? By imposing on the body and position of the spectator, I try to move away from the traditional one-way relationship between the audience and the screen. Instead of imposing a story, I want to invite the spectator to create its own. By walking from the left to the right, going up close, looking around, looking into, stepping back, looking at it all, the body works as a tool to travel from one space of understanding to another. It is an ongoing play between the material and the immaterial image – the physical object and the mind . By moving around, it allows the spectator to experience and intervene with the different ways of looking at and understanding the image or its reality (e.g. analytically or experientially).

I am curious how the world is framed, rather than what is contained within that frame.

‘Playtime’, 9 min, 2018

What do we perceive, when we see something is not there?

Playtime is a game between what is absent and what is present. By emphasizing on the visibility of absence, the image becomes a thought, a connection and an exchange. Like a window it is a surface, a reflection and an opening. It separates spaces between here and here, inside and outside, in front and behind – the image and the mind.

PICTURE GALLERY OF THE INSTALLATION