Kitchener Contemporary Art Forum, Canada 2004
Passage is a multi-sense (video/audio/olfactory) installation
offering the visitor an insight into a thought/emotion process associated
with a search for identity. The visitor enters a dark curved tunnel space,
where he is confronted with smells, sounds and finally at the end of the
tunnel, video sequences.
The video images are episodes derived from scenes of nature
filmed in a Darmstadt park where several generations of Grand Dukes of
the State of Hesse have their tombs. The video can be understood as an
abstraction of four stages in search of identity (a journey or a rite
of passage) beginning with a flashlight search in a darkened wood and
finishing with a near-complete loss of orientation among scraping branches.
In between, microscopic images, of plant cells representing a pulsating
living organism are followed by an episode with brightly coloured, almost
psychedelic images, accompanied by a loss of clarity and control. These
can be interpreted as a journey "through the looking glass"
of a human nerve cell.
There is an introspection in several senses - one in the
real scientific view in search of the inner identity of the plant in its
microcosm - but also in the introspection of the person who filmed and
the introspection of the visitors who experience the cul-de sac walk and
the loss of orientation in an exaggerated