Prime Time Paradise, 2005, Broersen & Lukacs, DVPpal loopfilm 10;30, no sound
Every day, news reports and other TV images pass by in an endless stream that numbs the viewer, who, as if hypnotized, does nothing more than watch and watch: constantly zapping to the next image or channel, in a steady flow; there is no more standing still. Attention is fragmentary; identification and reflection are impossible, there is always something happening, and old and new images crop up time and again in different places: behind a mountain a town is burning; a soldier is aiming his gun; a girl is screaming; a (destroyed) beach lies next to the building where a UN top meeting is taking place.
Broersen and Lukács have compiled a spatial collage out of innumerable television images, like a scale model. It is not the images that move; they are standing stock-still in a media landscape, the global paradise that is accessible to everyone. Through this décor of simulacra, the weightless viewer flies over hills, through windows and doors and caves, through rooms and across deserts, then under water, only to surface again somewhere else and continue the flight. Devoid of the usual context in which they already seemed to have lost their meaning and effect, the images generate new connections. In an eternal ‘now’, and within the simultaneity of events, the viewer floats through this infernal landscape, in which nothing is fixed, everything is possible and nothing can touch you. And nevertheless, or perhaps precisely because of this, from time to time it gets to you.