ambiental video -sound installation, Gallery Akatraz, curator Vasja Nagy

Bubble is actually a pet name for an uncommon creature appearing on the screen. Its presence is constantly unpredictable. It moves, pulses, appears and disappears in the same instability as is shown by the lives of creatures that we know from our experience on the earth.

When Bubble was presented to the public for the first time, the audience kept
asking what was actually shown on film. What thing from the real world could
take such bizarre forms and behave so unusually? Although the video shown at
the joint exhibition was a curatorial intervention of mine, I didn't know the
answer. I later asked the author about it, though I personally wasn't really
interested. Her answer explained little, but ultimately convinced me that the
material background had little relevance for the whole story.
The Bubble video, although filmed by video camera, has no intention of
presenting the real world. It uses the referential object only as a building block
of a visual language, further transforming it through animation logic. There it
lives on in a newly constructed world of its own. But it remains a world of
reality that doesn't take the viewer away to a land of nothing but fantasy. Bubble
is actually a pet name of the unusual being that appears on screen. Its presence
is always uncertain. It's moving, pulsating, appearing and disappearing, always
unstable, just like the lives of creatures that we are familiar with from earthly
experience. Its body is firm and reminiscent more of the tissues of aquatic
organisms than of a soap bubble. It manifests itself as a stranger, a gentle and
peaceful stranger, although we know nothing of its intentions. It remains
unknown. It tells us about the depths of either the ocean or the universe, never
revealing much about itself. With its regular and relaxed movements it gently
enters the viewer's intimate emotional world and slowly, slowly, crawls under
their skin. It might even be a virus or a body snatcher but it pulls you into its
soft and infinite world.
So far, the video had always been shown as a simple projection. Utilising
technology and the specific qualities of exhibition spaces where it appeared, it
created a concrete relationship with the viewer and their body. In Alkatraz
gallery, Bubble crosses the boundaries of video projection. The author uses
video and technology to experience and shape the exhibition space itself,
transforming it like an ambient. The strange creatures from the depths populate
the space through projections of light while simultaneously hiding behind glass
where they had been placed by the author. Old TV sets placed around the
gallery can be interpreted as glass jars that house these creatures and in which
they appear or disappear at will. We can imagine they are our prisoners, kept in
an aquarium or stored in formaldehyde. But on the other hand, the glass barriers
can also be thought of as windows into an indeterminate space that we can
observe but not disturb. The Bubbles appear and disappear, connect with others
of their kind and thus put us in an uncertain position where we don't really
know who is the observer and who is the observed.

by Vasja Nagy

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