Patrick Topitschnig

HAFEN is a 14-minute work on the concepts of perception, time and space. In the work two almost identical video ‘scenarios’ are superimposed upon one another and merged within a time frame of approximately a quarter of an hour. Throughout the duration of the film a very slow and almost imperceptible crossfade accurse. A slip from one almost identical image to the other. Here the viewer’s attention is being addressed. The lasting gaze in contrast to the fleeting glance and the accompanying mental map becomes a physical manifestation of the viewers differing perceptions of both scenarios.

 

The audience is never pushed to watch the whole video but rather fragments of the imperceptible change. Through specific backlighting as well as the shift of perspective the material pretends to be a frozen lake of a wave, whereas in reality it is a hill covered in snow/ice which is on the brink of melting.

 

 

Vita

HAFEN

2013, HD-Video, 13min 53sec