Desert
Nan Hoover, 1985, 12'39''

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In the mirage of 'Desert', light is the factor that determines what can be seen. Hoover points the camera at a fictional desert landscape (which consists of a piece of cloth) so that light is the only variable element. The camera does not move, there is no editing and no sound. Instead it is the gradual changing of light that indicates the passing of time and evokes a subtle interplay of colours and forms. Through the contrast of light and shade, the banks of 'sand' evoke intimate associations with the curves of a body... Desert breaks free of empirical reality to find its place in the mental universe of the imagination.

  • Date: 1985
  • Length: 12'39''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: abstraction, conceptual
  • Keywords: light, perception, reality, representation