Under Automata,4:01min Belgium 2016
* 1991, lives and works in Brussels
The work “Under Automata” finds a contemporary approach to the artistic group portrait. During a long distance flight over the Atlantic Ocean, EVA L’HOEST manually scanned sleeping passengers along the plane’s aisle. She used a 3D camera that got popularized by the video game industry in recent years, but has been a standard in airport and industrial surveillance systems. The poetic and cinematic pan through the sleeping crowd, exposes the fragility of these technological systems, as body parts are distorted or fused to the seats. While these errors are alluring in artistic experimentation, it shows how slight changes in lighting conditions or object overlap can cause highly optimized systems to deliver unpredictable inaccuracies, and how much human supervision remains necessary in the times of automation.
The on-going screening series Phantom Horizons presents digital as well as analogue works that question the paradigm of linear perspective, seeking a new kind of “status perspective” [Bedeutungsperspektive]. The latter was a development of ancient and medieval painting, in which the size of figures is determined by their hierarchical significance. Extending this approach using the methodology of deconstruction and the possibilities of contemporary film creation, the presented works open up multifaceted, unseen horizons.
Curated by Robert Seidel www.robertseidel.com
02.05. – 19.05.2022