Performance & Videoart


A firecracker stands upright on a 40 × 40 cm paving slab, ignited but not yet detonated. In front of it, a video camera is poised for a life broadcast. Behind the slab, a pair of 3D glasses hangs from a string, determining the viewer's position. Further back, a stereoscopic 3D image is projected onto a screen. On it, the slab with the firecracker and part of the surrounding space can be seen. The two films used for the three-dimensional exposure originate in the same space, but not in the same point in time. The left eye image is a recording; the right eye image is fed from the live camera. This camera frames the firecracker and the feet of the viewer, who, once he has put on the 3D glasses, is just inches from the paving slab. While watching the projection through the 3D glasses, the viewer's back is to the firecracker. The left eye recording depicts the firecracker being ignited, placed directly behind the viewer's feet, and exploding. Since the viewer's feet are, of course, only seen by the right eye, they appear spookily transparent. As long as the firecracker remains upright in both the recording and the live stream, the two images complement each other to form a three-dimensional exposure. The video recording is shown as an ever recurring, endless loop alongside the continuous live broadcast. Thus the viewer is able to see the representation of the past and present states of the firecracker united in the third dimension.