Compass
Stansfield / Hooykaas, 1984

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The video installation ‘Compass’ is mainly concerned with the cardinal directions and some of the meanings we attribute to them. It builds upon ideas already present in previous works, where Hooykaas and Stansfield emphasized movement and wind. ‘Compass’ is an immediate continuation of the earlier single-channel work ‘The force behind its movement’ (1984), which already incorporated elements of randomness introduced by the wind. In ‘Compass’, a camera mounted on a wind vane on the roof of the Stedelijk Museum relays images to the exhibition space. There, four monitors are placed, each in a corner of the room, referring to the four points of a compass. Each monitor shows a selection of pre-recorded images and sounds referring to nature and its eements – earth, water, clouds...; but these are abruptly pushed away as soon as the wind vane with camera on the roof starts turning around. Closed-circuit recordings from outside overrule the pre-recorded ones; the impredictability of nature is set in relation to careful composition. [This installation was part of the exhibition "The Luminous Image" (1984) and is featured on the DVD series "Installations 1975-2006" (2007).] Read more...

  • Date: 1984
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: space, public/private, process, nature, movement, installation - multi-channel video installation, installation - closed-circuit video installation, surveillance