Pieter Baan Müller, 1991

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Five monitors, each mounted on a narrow, tall iron plinth are arranged in the exhibition space. They show various images of swaying, waving treetops, against the background of a cloudy sky. Bomen (Trees). Under each stand or 'tree trunk,' a video recorder has been placed in full and open view, neither is there any attempt to conceal the cables. This gives the installation as a whole a strange sort of crude freakishness, as if the recorder and cables form an integral part of 'Bomen', like roots and trunks. If you stand in the middle of 'Bomen' you even hear the wind whistling through the trees. Müller conjures up a forest, where he controls every element. He didn't go to a forest and spend hours filming the treetops and recording the wind. That's not his approch - he generally 'makes' and 'plays' everything himself in his studio. It is Müller's own breath that blows as the wind, and it is his arm that waves the branches of the tree above his head. Bomen is a small 'Gesammt'-work of art.

[This installation is featured on the DVD series "Installations 1975-2006" (2007).]

  • Date: 1991
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: nature, environment/ecology, installation - multi-channel video installation, installation - sculpture