Cryptonym of its final chapter, 2019
Includes six-track audio, artificial snow-falling mechanical equipment, fog machine, perfume, printed pictures and lights
Sound composer : Lennart Wolter
Sound and image materials sourced from content uploaded to the internet by anonymous users
Through "windows" built in a closed space isolated from the surrounding environment, the downloaded static landscape is brought inside, and the mechanical device is used to create snow and fog, this work uses artificial methods to implant half-true and half-false natural landscapes into the man-made space.
The landscape images are taken from material found on photo websites by searching for the keyword "snow": the photographer who took them and transmitted them to the internet (or perhaps the purveyor after many hands) is a string of user names, the location information is also missing, and the landscape becomes an image with few clues. The description of commercial use means that it can appear in any scene. The 50cm gap between the two walls and the three fluorescent lights carefully positioned outside the frame create a visual depth of field for this flat image that is both real and fake. A handmade mechanical device mounted on the ceiling continuously and unevenly shakes off plastic crystals of snow in front of the image. Six speakers hidden above the elastic fabric ceiling play a six-frequency surround sound track made of ambient sounds such as fireplace wood burning, movie narration on the TV, cheering at soccer games, iphone typing sound effects, and sentimental saxophone music.
I was interested in whether and how this artificially romanticized space worked: standing at a distance, I built a white, immaculate, perfectly modeled scene. But I intended to avoid it becoming a bizarre landscape, so the result is still closer to a small, simple, everyday space. At the same time I invite the viewer to enter, waiting wistfully for the traces of paper collage, the noise of the motor, the stains on the floor from the trampling to be discovered up close. The feedback I received from the audience included a sigh of relief at the beauty of the scenery and the desire to move in immediately, but also a sense of sadness at the indifference, eccentricity and loneliness emanating from the installation: being in this isolated space in a simulated scene may also create a feeling of discomfort similar to the "Valley of Terror effect". A year later, the epidemic era came, and the fable became a reality.
声音编曲 : Lennart Wolter