Schneckentempo - A Video Concert
4 channels video Installation
The viewers don’t experience the acoustic sound as produced by man, but are exposed to digitalized and manipulated materials which are presented through monitors and sound systems. In the classical concert the musician produces acoustic sounds through instruments which are manufactured according to a long lasting tradition. In contrast, in the video concert the images are only representations that lose their concrete quality, and the sounds which are processed by a computer lose their authenticity. Nevertheless, the new sounds and compositions are real and perceptible and are mentally effective just like any sound manufactured by a conventional orchestra. This way, the composition echoes classical traditions with a feeling of alienation and the feeling of loss as well.
The camera that documents the live musicians playing during the concert rehearsals is static, so that the frame is set and only the musical instruments and musicians are moving. The camera sets the bounds of the compositions and the musicians set the movement in space. As a result the viewer’s experience is one of harmony between the movement in the frame and the sounds played at the same moment. However, the sound that is recorded by the camera is the sound constructed by the sum of the sounds from all the playing instruments at the same moments and background sounds as well. The visual correlation between the images and the sounds is a result of the use of looping.