Steina, 1987

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"Geomania" is a structure comprising 10 monitors, placed on top of each other so as to form a pyramid. Two tapes are played on the monitors at the same time. Each tape can be seen on an alternate monitor and shows images of landscapes and natural phenomena that were recorded in Iceland (Steina's birthplace) and in New Mexico (where she now lives with Woody Vasulka). They are uncultivated, rugged, 'geological' landscapes of, among other things, geysers and rock formations. Steina has made an impressive collage of dynamically changing images and perspectives, in which the rhythm of the montages and the two different images visible over the ten screens, alternating with each other in a duet of images, induce a remarkable, contemplative mood. "Geomania" can be vieed as a 'total spatial entity' but one that is wholly imbued with perceptual and symbolic contradictions.... [This installation is featured on the DVD series "Installations 1975-2006" (2007).] Read more...

  • Date: 1987
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: installation - multi-channel video installation, image, nature, process