Table of Orientation
Stansfield / Hooykaas, 1994

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The interactive laserdisk video sculpture 'Table of Orientation' includes a magnifying glass and a table with on it a bronze cast relief map of a non-specific landscape. The map is divided into eight areas, one of which is the monitor screen that is embedded in the table top. The perception of this work has some parallels with the experience of travelling. When the observer holds the magnifying glass above a specific spot on the relief map, he has access to different sequences of images resembling a journey. When the magnifying glass and is held over the monitor this has the effect of gradually slowing down the images on the screen until they stop on a still frame. The images are re-actived when the magnifying glass is moved off the screen. By looking closely ithin one area of the map, the viewer can discover the five levels through which the pictures on the laser disk are accessed. These short sequences of images are organized in groups that refer to movements, places, people, texts and sounds, and a rapid scan of images that concludes with a very short sequence of movement and stops on a still frame, which is selected at random by the computer and held on the screen for an indefinite time. [This installation is featured on the DVD series "Installations 1975-2006" (2007).] Read more...

  • Date: 1994
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: interactive
  • Keywords: installation - interactive installation, installation - single-channel video installation, representation, perception, travel, movement, space, installation - computer-based installation