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Dariusz Kowalski

Luukkaankangas – updated, revisited, 2005

Art in the Car Park:

July 8 - July 18 2010

daily 7.00 - 9.00 p.m.

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1971 in Cracow / Poland, lives in Vienna
www.dariuszkowalski.net
 


Dariusz Kowalski, »Luukkaankangas – updated, revisited«, 2005

Sound: Stefan Németh, Betacam SP, 7’

Courtesy Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz

 
In Finland the Finnish Road Administration’s webcams are constantly taking pictures of the country’s major roads, which are then uploaded to the Internet at 15- to 30-minute intervals. What is noteworthy is the fact that these pictures are shot automatically, without interference from a camera-person; they are purely functional and contain no reference to aesthetics whatsoever.

The systemic blank space on the production side corresponds to a highly individualised reception. Dariusz Kowalski transforms them into a unique filmed dramaturgy. Mounting the individual frames in a serial sequence, releasing them from the functional context and fast-forwarding makes it possible to read them in a totally different light. The roads undergo a strange process of animation, of having life breathed into them. They are perceived as organisms that change as light and shadow, the weather and the seasons play over them. The roads pulsate, vibrate and change according to seemingly incomprehensible laws. As there are often no cars to be seen, they appear to be structures with a self-referential character. Shot from elevated positions, these photos create a distanced, controlled visualisation of the road network. Foucault says: »The more anonymous and the more functional power becomes, the more those who are subjected to that power are individualised.« The more intensively the powerful Road Administration monitors the roads with its webcams, the more these assume an individual character and the more each of them lays claim to an aesthetic existence of its own.

(Marc Ries)

 

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