A project by Kurt Hoerbst
(Film by Gernot Stadler)
Kurt Hoerbst has presented aproject of human mapping of the city entitled Venetians Scan. As a matter of fact, Hoerbst has created a special machinery that can scan at a photographic level the people‘s bodies. The final
image is the result of a matching of 15shots which, after a digital elaboration, give a life-size picture with high realism of the subject. The artist will create a sort of living map of Venice through a series of pictures involving
the inhabitants of this city.
VENICE NOV-DEC 2011 __VENETIAN SCANS
The project is to be regarded as a counterpoint to the high speeds found in digital photography. Not, however, as a sign of personal rejection of the new media – the idea behind this project is more a form of concept-based
personal slowdown, concentrated work, personal awareness of the environment. The technical part is handled by a high resolution digital camera which
movesalong a specially designed rail system and can be used to photograph andscan individual surfaces/objects/subjects. The individual images are then puttogether to make life-size pictures. A finished picture consists
of up to 15individual images – giving you a high-quality finish. When you take a closer look at the finished picture, the high technical quality reveals new aspects in the contents. The with regard to the genre of portrait photography and the slowing down of what is normally a very spontaneous act in portrait photography
represent an additional aspect of communication between photographer and model. The photographer takes on an exceptionally domineering role
in this „game“. He literally rises above the model. The model has no possibility of movement. He or she is at the mercy of the photographer for one to two minutes.
The result is a form of victim/assailant situation (as is very oftenthe case in photography). The shooting angle does the rest, making sure that once the exhibition picture is put up vertically again, there is something strange, distant and removed about it.
An impersonal, unapproachable image develops, something that can only be the result of personal trust and personal closeness …