Katarina Matiasek + Scanner
Sonic Boom: The Art of Sound
Hayward Gallery London UK
April June 2000
Catalogue with CD
Participating artists: Angela Bulloch, Paul Burwell, Heri Dono,
Max Eastley, Brian Eno, Paulo Feliciano & Rafael Toral, Greyworld, Stephan
Von Huene, Ryoji Ikeda, Philip Jeck, Thomas Koner, Christian Kubisch, Chico Macmurtie,
Christian Marclay, Russell Mills & Ian Walton, Mariko Mori, John Oswald, Pan
Sonic, Project Dark, Lee Renaldo, Paul Schutze
"I am one in a row of specimens.
It's when I try to flutter out of line he hates me. I'm meant to be dead, pinned,
always the same, always beautiful. He knows that part of my beauty is being alive,
but it's the dead me he wants. He wants me living-but-dead."
[John Fowles, The Collector 1963]
The Collector, which was inspired by John Fowles famous novel , is an audio/video
environment created within an oblong and rounded room that is reminiscent of an
orangery. Formally scaled between the secluded hideaway of a private collection
and the more heroic public display, the space at first suggests a leisurely mental
pursuit. It is through its very orchestration that the dilemma of the collectors
practice gets unveiled.
Displayed upon the two opposing curved ends of the space are two synchronous 16mm
to video projections of numerous butterflies in swift succession. Due to the fact
that these pictures are offered in most rapid animation from single stills, the
simultaneously projected butterfly motifs start to flap their wings. But as the
musical narrative of The Collector unfolds, the specimens of the collection do
not remain the seemingly innocent continuum of Nature: the composition interweaves
scientific recordings of subtly rustling butterfly wings with the blunt noise
of the collectors hammer, nailing down his objects of desire. The sound
enforces a sense of containment balanced against the freedom expressed within
the image of a butterflies wings.