The installation brings together works in different media which explore aspects of the perception of time and space. For each video of the 2 channel video installation I built a specific seating environment referring to the respective video’s pictorial imagery. The video Time is mainly displays an animated sunrise/sunset over the ocean with a red sun disk and a spinning red clock. The seats, round pouches on lazy susans, cite this spinning red disk.
To watch the video Space is viewers sit next to a ceramic cat sculpture on small mdf cabinets with doors - which also function as pedestals and display - as the imagery of the video mostly depicts opening doors, nesting cubes and cats. The videos are accompanied by several other works in different media picking up conceptual and pictorial elements of the videos.
Please take up space is a seating environment and display. It consists of five white mdf cabinets. Each cabinet has a handmade ceramic knob, a tiny tennis ball. One of the cabinets serves as a pedestal to display the ceramic sculpture Thank you for your participation in my success (Félicette), the other four are meant as seats for viewers of the video. While they are identical in size their interiors are different: One cabinet displays a 17 x 11inch oil painting of an optical illusion of a door behind acrylic glass, another cabinet has a gridded cat hologram behind a two way mirror while the others just have closed doors that leave us guessing what’s inside (Maybe a cat? And if so, is it dead or alive?).
This clock has a second hand that ticks backwards. The mirrored face of the clock shows an image of a dolphin, which also appears in other works of this body of work around time perception. While dolphins of course are no fish, it loosely references Duchamp’s Roto Relief Poisson Japonais (also in the title). The whole clock is connected to a motor so that it rotates twice per minute in clockwise direction. In this way, while still ticking counterclockwise the second hand describes a minute clockwise. The dolphin “swims” two rounds per minute but just meets the second hand every full minute.
My heart is not a clock is a double-sided clock with two mirrored faces. While the hands on the one side move smoothly and continuously clockwise, the hands on the other side tick backwards so that not only the viewer‘s face is mirrored in the clock, but the clock, so to speak, mirrors itself. It hangs from a braid, a simple structure created by following strict axioms.
This work was installed next to a wheelchair elevator. Of course, accessibility should always and everywhere be the standard. Still, this specific elevator looked misplaced in the gallery because of its standardized hospital-like design. It had a white medium height door.
Next to this door I installed a pet door for medium sized pets with a mirror behind it on the wall. It resembles as an appliance the wheelchair elevator door, so it is not noticed at first sight. The mirror creates the illusion of an actual pet sized passage into another space, only accessible for medium sized pets, like cats.