plasma screen / video camera
presented at "realtime and presence" workshop Hellerau, Dresden 7/02 and cynet-art festival 02realtime, Dresden 11/02 / EMAF 2003 (Euopean Media Art Festival) Osnabrück, Lichtrouten Lädenscheid 2003, Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Lange Nacht der Museen 2004
In a closed-circuit setting, the beholder can see his or her mirror image - displaced. Some parts of the image are reproduced in real-time, others are delayed: a spatial finger whisks through the image after a fifteen-second delay. The beholder performs a Pas de deux with the imprint of past evennts.
A plasma screen and a video camera are connected to a hidden PC. The video signal, before passed on to the screen, is dragged through the computer, which integrates a second video current of about fifteen seconds. Two image streams are generated: one that shows the video image in real-time and through which the observer can see him- or herself just like in a mirror. Another stream is split into light/dark data, causing a spatial deformation of the video image. This second "trace" is only reintegrated into the real-time image after the delay. Tis isolation of chronological events enables the viewer to enter a visual dialog with him- or herself and others. Of course, this playing with layers can also be turned around. Thus, temporal and spatial layers shift reciprocally. The beholder's presence appears to be relative in the peicture puzzle of real-time and delay.