The Vast, The Land, The Liquid

“The Vast, The Land, The Liquid is a silent video with landscape images that the narrator wants to reconsider, as indicated by the subtitles: the sky, the mountains, a wavy sea. However, because the computer literally couldn’t handle this footage, subtitles like “the waves seemed to get stuck” get much more ambiguous: they stand for the faltering pixel formations in the image, but also the inability to show the landscape accurately, and even more, boredom is found in the fixed gaze of the narrator herself when viewing these phenomenons.
The inability to find a flight or escape in the magnetizing images. The image, the remaining image comes to stand literally in front of the landscape: as a frustrating obstruction. As a result, the pixels themselves become sad waves, a disturbing and even an unsustainable abstraction remains.”
Tom Van Imschoot

'A first person story about horizons that accompanies the stubbornness of the broken images by telling you only little, yet a precious gift, a sort of confession. Like a diary that would be whispering to your mind as the rage of the inner waves.'
Pamina De Coulon
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picture by Dirk Pauwels - installation view S.M.A.K, Ghent - video installation 430 x 300 cm
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