|The Narrative Landscape|
with Dirk Groeneveld
In this installation images are projected onto a large screen lying flat on the floor of the exhibition space. The spectators stand on a surrounding balcony where a joystick enables any one of them to interactively operate the work by panning in any lateral direction over the surface of its images and zooming in or out of a chosen part of an image. At the zoom extremes the joystick generates a digital transition from one image layer to another. The Narrative Landscape is constituted by twenty-eight images that are interrelated by a specific spatial and conceptual architecture. The primary image - a satellite picture of earth inscribed with a Hebraic astrological chart) is divided by a grid of red lines into nine areas that define access to nine groups of three images. The three images in each group are arranged one below the other and the viewer can move up or down through these three layers.
All nine groups are structured as iconographic triptyches. The images on the first level represent a place, those on the second level indicate the body, the images on the third level are symbolic figurations. Each group of three images has a distinct narrative formation where the underlying metaphor is one of emblematic places whose typologies are articulated in the fate of its denizens. The spoken texts, written by Dirk Groeneveld, are conceived as nine distinct narrative poems interactively linked to the nine groups of three images.In 1995 a compact CD-ROM version of this work was made using a trackball and a monitor mounted horizontally in a specially made table.Credits:
Software: Larry Abel (1985)
1985: de Appel/Holland festival, Aorta, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Siggraph Ō85 Art Show, Exploratorium San Francisco, United States; De Lantaren, Rotterdam, Netherlands;Performancetage, Moltkerei-Werkstatt, Cologne, Germany.