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VIDEO ART WORK ON TAPE

Torben Soeborg

FIELD, CA. 2 SQUARE METERS

Duration: 5:40 min.
Produced::1982 / 2003
Original Master Format: LB U-matic
Remastered & restored: On DV, January 2003, by the artist
Credits: Quotation by Hans Richter; all other credits: Torben Soeborg
Production: video factory, Haslev, Denmark

Text by artist:
A documentation of a video performance by Torben Soeborg at Kungsgatan, Umeaa, Sweden, August 4, 1982

Concept:

A play on the tension between the apparently real and the apparently surreal: The apparently real, direct video recording of the roped off square, the apparently just as real images of the apparently real, direct video recording showing on the monitor - and the apparently surreal: the monitor images showing people walking though the square although the real fact is that it is not possible to do this at the time of the apparently real video performance.
Every passer-by might experience this performance different. At the best a process is going on - perhaps only a short wondering, a sort of "ah-ha experience" around the illusion, the play between the real and the surreal.
At the performance in Umeaa many onlookers were disorientated and demanded to get the "meaning" of the video performance. To this you could answer by quoting Hans Richter about his film "Dadascope".
"Whether or not they understood the content of the meaning ... that's a different story. As a matter of fact, what the artist does and what the public takes from what he does is a different story. It all might be interpreted in a different way in fifty years

 

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