Bruce Nauman


I want to at least make a short note-blog-post about Bruce Nauman. I saw some of his video installations at an exhibition last year at Copenhagen Contemporary.

Ludwig Wittgenstein:

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing OBE RA (born 1963) is an English conceptual artist, one of the Young British Artists.

One of the effects Gillian Wearing’s video “2 in 1” has on me is the insight in the power of the voice; the pronunciation and the tone of voice. By letting the two generation lipsyncing the dubbed words of each other, the words get another meaning and my focus change not only to what they are saying but also to how they are doing it, their approach. It reveals a kind of secret at the same time it is on the edge of fun.

I like her work in general, not to try to be nice but ask questions about our lives. She uses herself, her family, ordinary people and her surrounding as material.
In the exhibition Family Stories, GW recreates herself at different ages by using masks. In Self-portrait 3 years old, a little girl looks at the viewer. She looks a little creepy. But there is also something else wrong. It’s an adult’s eye who looks at us through a baby mask. Gillian Wearing’s portrait of the girl is a portrait of herself as both children and adults.


Cut-Up poem/text

My brief research shows that William S. Burroughs is a key figure when it comes to working with cut-up poem.
His sentence “when you cut into the present the future leaks out” takes my attention. I’ll have some similar experiences while I worked with my listed words.
My experiences were that words in a random constellation evoke unknown/forgot memories, in some cases like a coded personal information – information which is already there, but not yet exposed.

Together with cinemaphotography Antony Balch, William S. Burroughs made the video below. In this one, they are experimenting with voice replacement.

Another interesting video made by Antony Balch, Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs is “The Cut-Ups” from 1966. The repeating sentence with slightly different pronunciation makes a rhythm through the sequence. It is not only the words but also the film clips which are edited together in a nonsense sequence. As the words, the shots creates a rhythm. The idea of montage is in this example is pushed to the extreme. The story moves forward and backwards without a real narrative, it leaves a mood and an impression of playful systematic chaos. I got the feeling that there are stories everywhere it is just a matter of attention.
The cuts are a mix of footage from various film projects.


Loving Vincent

I’m glad that I saw the movie Loving Vincent and especially in a cinema;  a large screen is necessary to get the full impression.
When I heard about the movie I was concerned if the filmmakers didn’t manage to create the scenes in the spirit of Van Gogh, like if you read a good book and afterwards gonna see the movie and found it fare away from your own interpretation.
Official trailer:

The making of:

Intense atmosphere with VR and Video installation

Last week I had a workshop at DMJX with my second-year students and seven sound design students from Sonic College. The overall theme was the inspiration from the sense of smell – transformed into an audiovisual work. The students worked in teams. One team decided to make a video installation. A VR installation they saw at Copenhagen Contemporary had inspired them. It was Paul McCarthy, C.S.S.C. Coach Stage Stage Coach VR experiment Mary and Eve, 2017. Link to a short sequence: Mary and Eve
Unfortunately, I had not seen it myself, but seeing the link, I got the idea.

My students got the idea of making project mapping and sound in a little room, to achive the same claustrophobic experience as in the VR installation.

I can imagine that it is an intense experience when people/avatars talk directly to you while wearing VR headset, but I do like that you don’t have to use a headset, that more than one can look at the same time. It is not a for or against it is just about how to make an intense atmosphere.