ALEXANDER HAHN

electronic media artist

FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGERDEMAIN

(1992, synchronized computer animation on 5 stripped TV tubes, sound)   


Part of the installation cycle The Kircher Itinerary, Fundamentals of Legerdemain consists of 5 TV tubes stripped bare, each displaying a segment of the studio of Caspar David Friedrich. Digitally transformed, the romantic painter's space simultaneously hosts events with normally different durations: the erosion of a stone head, the trickling of sand between floorboards, the snapping of a Luna brand rat trap, rounds of the cups and ball game, a pick-pocket scene in Rome ...