Image Control
Düren, 1998/1999

The installation "Image Control" is dealing with different forms of electronically controlled reality, namely video surveillance images of people and digitally processed photographs in fashion magazines. The walls of the room are completely covered with fashion magazines, folded like fluted columns. At intervals, monitors are installed on which the observers can see their own images , which are recorded by hidden video cameras. This produces a state of tension between the surveillance pictures of the observer and the aestehticized glossy photographs of the magazine models. The individuality and reality of the observer compete with the multiplicity and virtuality of the photographic images.
With every fold, segments of an "image" become visible and thousand of voyeuristic opportunities are created. The wholeness of the body is destroyed through the fragmentation and the observer has to assemble the fragments of hundreds of repeated images in his head - and while he is observing and comparing, he is himself under observation.

 
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