Tra cielo e terra;
Installation in collaboration with Nicolas Reichelt
"Tra cielo e terra" is a computer-game-sculpture. A television
monitor is built into a metal table with wheels. The observers can play the
game using buttons built into the upper side of the monitor.
The work refers to the first interactive computer game "Pong",
invented by Nolan Bushnell in 1971. The ball shows the body of a bathing woman
in a round format. The choice of this form is an art-historical reference
to the many "tondo"-pictures which have, in the course of the past
centuries (from the renaissance to Ingres and until today), made use of this
special geometrical figure in reference to the female body: The naked female
body as the projection surface for masculine aesthetic sensibilities.
The game is designed for two players, the background images show virtual
materials which simulate earth and sky. Each player is connected with one
of these background materials. With each change of server the background also
alters and upon reaching a set score the winner is rewarded with a tondo-video
sequence of the bather. In the course of the game the players are allowed
short views of the bathers progress.
The game possesses a strong psychological connotation. It reflects a particular
mental condition: undecided between heaven and earth, cast up and down, psychotic
states between euphoria and depression.