CUT | Homage to Fontana

DV, PAL, 0`29, 2009
DVD-Player, Projektion auf eine Wand, Lautsprecher

Schnitt in die Leinwand.

Das Video Cut | Hommage to Fontana befasst sich mit der ambivalenten Frage nach dem Ende der autonomen Malerei bzw. den Auseinandersetzungen mit dem Medium. Inwieweit die Malerei ohne Malgrund oder Farbe auskommen kann, wird in Rückschau auf die Arbeiten des italienischen Malers Lucio Fontana durch das Medium Video ausgelotet.

The fleeting videosequence Cut – Homage to Fontana shows the artist in front of a blank canvas. The artist cuts the canvas open and disappears into her work. The cut closes behind the artist and both – artst and work disappear in front of the observing camera into another dimension.

Referring to problems of perception the philosophy of George Berkeley (1685 – 1753)  seems to be interesting to look at especially in times of digital sovereignity. His work A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) expounds his theory that nothing exists outside the mind.

The video is a humorous commentary and play on Berkeleys theory: “I do not argue against the existence of any one thing that we can apprehend, either by sense or reflection. That the things I see with mine eyes and touch with my hands do exist, really exist, I make not the least question. The only thing whose existence we deny, is that which philosophers call matter or corporeal substance. And in doing of this, there is no damage done to the rest of mankind, who, I dare say, will never miss it.” (Principles 35, A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge).




Exhibition view: The Presence of Absence, Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Konrad-von-Soest Preis 2011