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Tautology

Video, duration: 6’ 53”, 2012

The radiant, white rectangle of a blank projection screen, along with the light beam of an analogue photo enlarger with no negative inserted, or the empty screen of a computer just after it has been switched on, generates a feeling of “before it all began”. In other words, it appears once again as the place of information without information.
The inherent duality of this conceptual phenomenon, the common origin of 'nothing' and 'everything', provides the starting point for Tautology.
In the initial scene of the film the images that are projected on three walls of a room issue from three digital projectors, rather than one. The increased number of projectors is in reference to the spatial dimension bounded by planes, as well as to the visual and spatial relationships accumulated by the recordings. By virtue of the fact that each of the walls shown in the film also serves as a projection surface, and in consequence to our ability to shift our gaze from one projection surface to the next, a more complex relationship develops about the connection between space and picture. The illusion of the encompassing space filters into the encoded white squares, creating a tautological sign, in which the picture of the film shows the place of the recorded image in space. A coordinate system marking the relations between picture and space gradually develops, which, through the showing of newer and newer recordings, multiplies the repeated projection of movement resulting from the repeated projection of recordings surveying the picture and the surrounding space. The projection of the projections' projection is shown in a complex system produced by repetition as well as by the movements described in it. This accumulative process refers back to the common origin of representation and the impossibility of representation. Space affects the picture and vice versa, the vectors regenerate each other.   
Whenever the phrase  'I understand' comes up in a conversation, isn't that a sure sign that a picture has been formed? A picture of a projected picture.



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