Still Life
"Still Life" / 2006
Still Life
"Still Life" / 2006
Still Life
"Still Life" / 2006
Still Life
"Still Life" / 2006
Still Life
"Still Life" / 2006
Still Life
"Still Life" / 2006
This video piece consists of five segments, five separate images, five simultaneous back projections.
Each image is a different staging of a still life / flowers in a vase, a bowl with fruit, candlesticks, fish, clothes on a hanger, that is all nothing but stereotypes /, which are projected into classical frames (hung in front of openings cut in the plaster gallery wall).

Each five minutes, images in all five frames, move simultaneously for half a minute (some due to light, others due to sound, wind or appearing of a fly).
At the point when the images move they are accompanied by a sound: falling of the flower transforms into impact of a grenade, buzzing of the fly becomes sound of an airplane, rustling of fabric turns into shattering of glass and whirr of the wind transforms into sound of sirens. All these sounds discretely start and vanish in the same time as the Still Life becomes only an image.
That is that foremost fear we all felt in the beginning of the war; that moment in which, instead of defence mechanisms, our bodies start and intensify all our senses in an animal-like way.

Technical description of the piece “Still Life”

Video installation “Still Life” consists of five pictures/videos which are being projected through pre-cut openings with dimensions 70 x 50 cm. This piece requires a plaster board apr. 2 x 5 meters. Evenly spaced openings which are 70 x 50 cm are cut in the board. The openings on the back side of the board are covered with thin back-projection canvas and on this (invisible) side five identical video projectors are placed in order for all videos to be started simultaneously with a remote control. On the front (visitor’s) side of the board five appropriate frames are to be attached on each opening to create an illusion of a classical, stereotypical still life setting.

Required materials and equipment:

Plaster board, 2 x 5 m 5 frames 70 x 50 cm 5 video projectors 5m of white (back projection) canvas