part of an interactive a/v installation, video shown on lamella curtain in collaboration with marco borowski
part of an a/v installation, video shown on vr glasses at "vielfalter" exhibition at kunsthaus potsdam 2023
a/v work shown on lamella curtain as part of an interactive installation in collaboration with marco borowski
the collaborative project "f44(0)" deals with the relationship between the processing of memories and the mechanisms of trauma and dissociation. as part of the project, an interactive installation was developed in which two different types of lost memories are approached: the projection showed random moments that would have been forgotten, if they had not been accidentally preserved on video in juxtaposition to an experimental videowork, which translates the inner process of the fragmentation and loss of memories that, on the contrary, were too intrusive to be kept at all and therefore split off from consciousness.
projected on a lamella curtain, the video-projection would be fragmented on two levels. visitors then could move the lamellas of the curtain to order these two types of lost memories. while interacting with the material, recipients can explore the principle of memory loss in both, dissociative and everyday-life contexts, in a playfully-experimental way. this interactiveness offers them also a frame to reflect on their own handling of crises and memories. through that, dissociation can no longer be understood merely as an „illness“, but as a continuum.
a/v work shown on vr glasses at "vielfalter" exhibition at kunsthaus potsdam 2023
for 04:40 I (mis)used the double lens effect of the vr-glasses to represent a moment of perceptual distortion. perceptual processing disorders can be psychopatholocially classified under the term ‚dissociation‘. however, dissociation as a protective mechanism can also be understood as a general societal phenomenon: every day we separate ourselves from a world flooded with crises for self-protection, mostly using and creating virtual realities. through artistic abstraction, these individual and collective experiences of dissociation can be juxtaposed.
as an audio-visual translation of a dissociative process, this vr-work creates a special perceptive experience for recipients. the brain receives two individual images through each lens. if one of them is altered or even two completely different images are shown, it becomes difficult for the brain to combine the two images into one picture. the perceptive effect and the strain that this process produces is close to the feeling that can be experienced during dissociative statuses. through this immersive and very individual effect that the vr video has on each brain, there is the possibility to reflect on one's own experiences in dealing with inner and outer crises. the work is thus intends to put dissociative statuses outside the frame of „illness“ and thereby contribute to destigmatization processes towards so called mental illnesses, ultimately questioning normative concepts of brain and perceptive functions at all.