Scanner is a mechanical installation that induces light and sound situation. When this kinetic object is in movement, the viewer confronts its piercing and crude sound, while a dematerialized image, a veil out of light appears in front of the viewer at the same time. Scanner produces a dematerialized image as machine’s electronic board moves rapidly up and down and the board’s LED diodes leave light traces in the air. Or: in movement, pixels from RGB LED diodes gather into an image. When the machine stops the image disappears, evaporates, like a fabrication of fiction or an illusion. Such effect is achieved with the special programming of LED diodes based on the so-called POV principle: POV stands for Persistence Of Vision. As the name suggests, it challenges the habitualized way and boundaries of how we visually perceive things.
The image, that Scanner constructs, is a photograph of a black pit/hole with roots in resolution of 212 x 212 pixles. This image of the hole as the void in the ground with intertwined roots stands for a rupture that tears with rigid structures and bonds of identity, an empty point of identification (eg jump into void). This is also supported by Scanner’s vertical power and a tearing sound it emits when in motion. I dug myself a black hole, literally, in search of roots. We cannot think of us as individuals, as subjects without or past the traumatic voids, in place of which phantasms arise.
In collaboration with: Technical assistance by Andrej Primožič and Janez Zupan
Year of production: 2005-2008