Stikker’s and Hoegen’s Space Explorations at the Dorsky

June 18, 2009 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Amsterdam artists Carolien Stikker and Philipine Hoegen will spend their residency in Ulster County working on a film project at the Samuel Dorsky Museum, at SUNY-New Paltz. Stikker captures and manipulates photographic images to create a kind of “technological sublime,” while Hoegen is an installation artist utilizing video, photography and print media. Here are edits of a statement from the artists about the project:

“We are interested in certain implications of naming and regulating space, which means  incorporating a river or piece of land into a system of identified, mapped and appropriated territories. Bit by bit the land is covered by a web of lines, borders, demarcations. Sometimes these are visible in the landscape, in other cases they are no more than verbal agreements, or lines drawn on paper (maps).

“We are interested in questioning how this web or system influences the way in which we perceive space. We are so used to navigating within the lines of the structure [that it becomes] incorporated into our perception, conditioning how we look at the landscape. Also we are interested in examining visible forms of regulation or organisation within the landscape.

“Other questions have to do with the media we use, film and photography. They create another layer through which we perceive, a system that makes it possible to [manipulate,] freeze and transform space.

“We [are documenting our] exploration of these ideas in a book, to be published by the museum at the time of the exhibition. It is a visual and textual probing [that] will incorporate a collaboration with artist/theorist Tom Zummer.

“During the residency, we are making work in direct response to what we encounter here. The ideas about regulating, the organisation of space, and the role of film and photography form a kind of framework. We are working on video installations and several other pieces, [using] a technique we call ‘photographic video’:  a digital video camera is attached to a Hasselblad photo camera, and we shoot through the viewer of the photo camera.

“This technique is a strategy to interrupt the photographic and cinematic illusion, [since] the surface of the image is continuously marked with a ‘crosshair’ that occupies the center of the screen. There is a layer/grid between the viewer and what is being viewed.”


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