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.