The installation "Der negierte Raum" deals with two issues: the
relationship between reality, image, text and simulation with regard to the
problem of representing an architecturally defined space. The installation's
point of departure is an exhibition space
"equipped" at various times with pictures or objects which have
a special meaning in a cultural context.
Excerpt from the video
The installation was developed in various phases. First, a photographic
documentation of the empty room was made, during which every wall was photographed
separately. The resulting pictures are
in the computer in digital form and have been processed in various ways. At
first, the binary data of the pictures' contents were interpreted in the computer
as an ASCII text, printed onto white paper and hung in the exhibition space
as wallpaper. The difficult relationship between the pictures' magical power
of imagination and the linear, conceptual nature of the text are translated
directly in a ratio of 1:1 by means of the computer's interface and solved
in the form of a paradox.
Sunk in this unintelligibly semantic ocean of characters, a wire model of
the room is placed in the middle, on a platform which is open on top. Within
the platform, shoved back somewhat, is a small rear projection screen. The
viewer can look through the model and see the images of a computer animation
sequence on the screen.
The source of this sequence is a miniature video projector placed inside
the platform and below the screen. In this video, the digitalized photographs
of the room form the walls of a simulated computer model.
A spatial representation is born of this combination, in which the distortion
of perspective in the reproductions is mixed with the computer's exact simulation
of the room, thereby producing an aspect of dislocation in the representation
of the object. A synthetic room is created which ignores the normal border
created by the description of Cartesian space, in which the polarizations
are made relative and the definition of interior and exterior is only a question
of point of view.