The Double and its Reflections

Art - Installation
The Double and its Reflections. 2017. Installation View. Detail.

Between magic and subjectivity spreads an uncertain nebula, which goes beyond man, without, however, detaching itself from him. We refer to or designate its manifestations with words of soul, heart, feeling. This magma, which has elements of both magic and subjectivity, is neither magic nor subjectivity, properly speaking. It is the kingdom of projection-identification or affective participation.
(the cinema or the imaginary man, Edgar Morin translated by Lorraine Mortimer)

Point of origin for this art installation was the quest for ghosts, revenants and phantoms, as observed by the Society of Psychical Research (SPR) starting around 1880. What interested me hereby was an abstraction of „presentness“ and „absentness“ in form and content. The search for spirits appeared to match a search for individuality outside prescribed borders. Spirits can act like the equivalent of light, leaving a trace of their insubstantial passage in material form.
Photography as impressions of mental powers, as translations of thoughts into images as psychographs.
Acoustic transmission modeled the spirits’ way of contacting the living, visual media were crucial to guaranteeing that the spirits were real, not invented, and had been truly present.
This art-installation can be compared to a making-off, where different parts of how the work came into being are revealed. Traces of influences, ideas, commentaries and research material remain visible.
Translated into the spatiality of the exhibition space in form of an installation which serves as a stage for these various elements.

mixed media, 327 x 262 x 242 cm,
coarse cotton cloth, stage molton, stage gauze, white dance floor,
2 ink jet prints each 180x100cm,
projection – S16 mm transferred to HD (loop approx. 5 min),
audio installation – generated for the duration of the exhibition,
audio narration – mp3 for headphones (approx 15 min.)
sculpture – unique exposed photographic papers, approx. 25x25x40cm