Static is an installation based on the phenomenon of television static or white noise. This image can be considered as both abstract and figurative. It's difficult to claim that static is an abstract image. Because it is not an intended image. It's an artifact of a technology, a physical phenomenon. It is recognizable as what it is and culturally has a certain iconic meaning.
What is normally seen to be specific to the making of an image is materialized and becomes tactile. Every unit of the image is manipulated by hand. Something that appears spontaneously as by-product is imitated by an apparently slow and inefficient process.
Lightwaves, besides their frequency and amplitude, also have an orientation. Polarization filter only lets light pass in one such orientation. When you look through a piece of this filter, it's perfectly transparent, just a bit darker than normal plexi or glass. When you look through the filter at an other piece of this same material, rotated 90°, the second piece becomes an opaque black surface because the light passed through the first filter can't pass through the second filter. Every other orientation gives a different degree of opacity.
For Static, this material was cut into small rectangles of one cm², in random orientations – like large pixels. These little squares are put between two large rectangular pieces of plexiglass (189 x 2412 cm). The screen looks like a slightly darkened window. In the exhibition space a slowly rotating disc of the same material is also placed. When the screen is seen through this disc, it changes into a half transparent field of video noise. White noise created, purely by the manipulation of light.
Produced by de Werktank
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