installation, "Strålende Bilder"
('Beaming Images'), Trondheim's Arts centre 1993, Norway.
The mirrors produced an effect of an
infinite wall of TV monitors showing giant ants rushing out of a
hole to the sound of ants resembling a frenetic building site.
A section of an anthill was shot with
an infrared sensitive black & white tube video camera. A close-up-lens
was used which reproduced an ant size of approximately 1/3 of the
width of the TV screen. A 3 minute long scene was repeatedly copied
onto 1 hour master tape which then was replayed on a 25 inch TV
monitor. A section of the TV screen with the most aggressive ant-activity
was partitioned in a 3 x 3 square matrix and each square was re
shot directly from the screen, with the same camera and lens.The
reproduction size of one ant, now covered approx. 3 TV-screens.
The sound of the anthill was recorded
separately from the video-image. A part of the anthill was moved
into a cardboard box and installed inside a sound isolated room.
The sound of the ants moving was recorded with a high sensitive
microphone. It sounded like a building site with frenetic activity.
This sound were used unprocessed just altering the speed, a little
to fast, then correct and then a little to slow. The ants were returned
to the anthill after their performance.
The room was equipped with a light