18 – 24 April 2016
Gebhard Sengmüller is an Austrian artist working in the field of media technology, currently based in Vienna. Since 1992 he has been developing projects and installations focussing on the history of electronic media; creating alternative ordering systems for media content; and constructing autogenerative networks. His work has been shown extensively in Europe the US and Asia in venues and festivals such as Ars Electronica Linz, the Venice Biennale, the Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Postmasters Gallery NYC, the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Microwave Festival Hong Kong, and the ICC Center Tokyo.
Slide Movie – Diafilmprojektor
Slide Movie is one of Sengmüller’s most lauded works. In a seamless blending of art and technology he creates a playful and thoughtful installation which uses technology from a bygone era. Taking an 80 second sequence (35mm motion picture, 24 fps) from Sam Peckinpah’s 1974 film Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Sengmüller has cut up each frame, mounted them as slides, and then distributed them among 24 slide projectors all aiming at the same screen. They click and beam, one immediately after the other creating 24 flashes every second, collectively producing the appearance, at least rudimentarily (and inevitably very inaccurately, due to the lack of precision of the mechanical devices) of a projected motion picture. The film soundtrack emerges as a byproduct – the mechanical clattering of the projectors changing slides.
Slide Movie is located not only in the field of media archaeology though, but also in the field of media theory. With the infernal noise produced by twenty-four slide projectors changing pictures, the “film projector” is liberated from the sound-proof projection room and opened up. With the inside out, we find ourselves no longer in the audience space, but in the middle of the projector. The film, whose content is conventionally the focal point, moves into the background. What becomes visible, as though under a magnifying glass, is the medium, the illusion, the way still images are turned into moving pictures.
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Article courtesy of Sam Groves.