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5.344901954 7362e+133-Siegrun Appelt

2015.11.30

Installation by Siegrun Appelt with 72 headlights and control system.

The 72 headlights, distributed on 8 masts, show - via computer programmed random principle - a precisely choreographed interplay of lights that swich on and off. The light overacts the physical borders of the place and its structures, connects spatially also changing light shade constellations. The environment appears graphic in the light or loses itself in the darkness. In the light cone passerbies become participants, in the shade observers. The light continually creates new, alternating perspectives of perception and becomes more tangible as a reality influencing medium. Due to the permanent modulation of the aligned light direction, the light not simply functions as means of illumination, but becomes visible and recognizable as a source and cause of the visible.
Thus the perception and visibility of the environment prove to be technoid and mediatized functions of basic conditions. While usually the formative ubiquity of mediated images barres the view onto their causes and intentions, the installation refers to the medial character of those images, which we make ourselves from the world and our relationship it. The title of the work 5.3449019547362e+133 refers to the number of possible variants of the interaction of the different lighting sequences. It shows that a human life cycle would not be long enough, to see and experience the whole spectrum of possibilities. To that extent the installation also foregrounds the volatility of light and the passing of time as well as the transience of life, a continuum that itself is constant subject to change and in which coincidence and necessity are the driving forces.