(2012, 1:40' loop, HD video, 27" flatscreen, mirrored cylinder, pedestal, directional speaker)
Part of an ongoing series of cylindric/anamorphic video sculptures honoring people whom I have once met and have since passed away, this one presenting Max Mathews, recorded in a June 2006 concert in Zürich.
Conceived as a posthumous group portrait and presented on upward facing screens with a central cylindric mirror, the videos are geometrically distorted. In the cylindric reflection, the original likeness becomes recognizable again. The mirror not only acts as the key to decipher the coded form of the 2-dimensional video but allows the viewer to walk around the image creating the illusion of the luminous apparitions literally rising from their electromagnetic grave. Loop and cylindrical anamorphosis suggest a utopian possibility of eternal preservation, reminiscent of Morel's Invention by Bioy Casares or Raymond Roussel's Locus Solus, where the dead continually act out a pivotal incident in their lives. In The Dead, that would be the fleeting moment of our chance encounter.
The initial set of five shrines was first presented in 2002 as part of my exhibition "Astral Memories of a Flying Man" at the Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland. It was the first electronic work added to the Museum's collection.
Installation shot at Harvestworks, New York, Sept 12-16, 2012 :: harvestworks.org/video-alexander-hahn/
"Lou Reed" (2013) vimeo.com/78284037
"The Dead" (2014) vimeo.com/83905671